Many people have encountered such a situation: when opening multiple web pages, some of them will automatically play audio or video, and the sudden "noise" is annoying, followed by rushing to find the playback source and turn it Mute or turn off.
As a search engine giant, Google has been committed to solving this problem.
Recently, foreign media found , Google in its Chrome Canary (Lei Feng Net Note: Chrome Canary is equivalent to the early test version of Chrome, also known as the developer version of ChromeThis can be installed at the same time as the stable version) to test a new function GMC (Global Media Controls)-a newly added button in the browser toolbar. After clicking it, a small window will pop up, allowing the user to play/pause the video on the webpage /Audio; Even if multiple pages such as YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc. are played at the same time, they can be controlled by this button.
The GMC function is currently in the testing stage, so it is still unstable when used. It is expected that the more stable GMC function will be added to the Chrome browser of Chrome OS, Window, Mac and Linux systems in the future; However, the specific launch time of the feature is not clear, but it is certain that the majority of Chrome users should be very much looking forward to it.
Because before, when Chrome users want to mute the video/audio of a webpage, they can just click the "small speaker" icon in the webpage tab. However, in the fall of 2018, Google removed this feature and users only It is very inconvenient to be able to mute the page by right-clicking on the tab; in the past few months, netizens have been asking Google to provide a quick way to mute web pages again. The GMC function being tested may be an alternative solution.
Lei Feng's Note: Picture from The Verge
The aforementioned "little speaker" icon, Appeared in Chrome as early as 2013; through this small speaker, users can easily determine the automatically played sound source page. Although there were already some third-party tools to help solve this problem, "Little Speaker" was the first time Google proposed a solution to this annoying problem.
Leifeng.com learned that later, the "little speaker" as a noise locator continued to develop, and it also extended to other methods, such as the logo of a web camera-marking the web page that is calling the device camera, Keep users alert.
Over timeWith the development of generations, the "small speaker" used as a sound source locator can no longer meet the needs of users, because after locating the noise tab, users still need to rush to find the automatically played video/audio and click the pause button. In 2015, Google added the "Mute Tab" function to the tab that pops up when right-clicking a tab; this way, users can locate the auto-playing sound source page through the small speaker icon, and then right-click the tab , Select "Mute Tab" to directly mute the playing video/audio.
January, 2018, GoOgle has released a new version of Chrome. One of the new features is "Mute Site" to mute the entire web page, because some web pages will automatically play different videos according to the user's browsing interface; the previous "Mute Tab" just temporarily mute a video/audio. The newly launched "Mute Site" is to mute all video/audio in a web page.
The GMC function tested on Chrome Canary recently abandons the previous pure silent mode, provides users with more choices and brings greater convenience.
All in all, from Google’s six or seven years of hard work, we seem to be able to see its determination to solve this problem, and the solution is indeed becoming more and more concise with the iteration of Chrome practical.