Google Chrome news – One of this browser’s best features is set for a colossal overhaul

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  • January 10, 2019
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Google Chrome is the American tech giant’s internet browser that launched over a decade ago.

Although the software has not been around as long as the likes of Firefox and Safari, it has managed to become the most popular internet browser around, according to figures from NetMarketShare.

The software has been praised for its high-degree of customisability that stems in part from features such as extensions.

Just like its other applications, Google regularly updates Chrome, bringing new features and improvements on a regular basis.

One of the most notable in recent months was the implementation of picture-in-picture video.

Such a feature allows users to consume content on the likes of YouTube in a floating window that can be moved around while other tasks are performed.

François Beaufort, a Chrome developer, announced the change back in October and said: “After months of work, I’m proud to share with all of you that Picture-in-Picture (PiP) is now enabled by default in Chrome for Linux, Mac, and Windows.

“This allows you to watch videos in a floating window (always on top of other windows) so that you can keep an eye on what you’re watching while interacting with other sites, or applications. I love it!”

The picture-in-picture function can be enabled on YouTube by right-clicking twice on a video.

However, it is worth noting if Chrome fans want to enable picture-in-picture for videos on other sites, they will need to download Google’s official extension in order to do so.

While the picture-in-picture functionality works well on the browser, it appears the American tech giant is about to make it even better.

A code change in Chromium’s Gerrit source code indicates the Mountain View firm may soon allow users to skip ads directly through the picture-in-picture viewing mode, spotted by Chrome Story.

François Beaufort submitted the code change that seems to give developers an options to introduce a “skip ad” toggle in the bottom right-hand side of videos viewed in the separate window.

Since the initial code change, the developer has displayed screenshots of the improvement in action.

Video sites such as YouTube regularly display ads to those watching that require a viewing time of five seconds before they can be skipped.

However such an option is currently unavailable to users viewing content picture-in-picture, meaning the entire advert needs to be watched unless the user wants to downsize the viewing mode to press the skip button regularly.

While the new change does not seem set to radically change how the browser operates, it will surely be a welcomed addition to those that harness picture-in-picture regularly.

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