Google has updated the desktop version of its popular Chrome browser with a feature that may make the software even more attractive to users out there. Chrome as you already know, is the world’s most used browser, and a picture-in-picture feature may just have affirmed that even further.
According to Android Police, the Picture-in-picture mode is finally coming to Google Chrome 70 on Mac, Linux, and Windows. Although this function could have been activated manually in Chrome 69 Beta, in the new version of the renowned Google Internet browser, the feature is on by default.
As mentioned, the first time the picture-in-picture function appeared in Chrome was in the Chrome 69 Beta version. Back then, the service was just manual, users activating and deactivating it at will. Now, with the Google Chrome’s latest release, Chrome 70, the PiP feature is on by default.
“In September 2016, Safari added Picture-in-Picture support through a WebKit API in macOS Sierra. Six months later, Chrome automatically played Picture-in-Picture video on mobile with the release of Android O using a native Android API. Six months later, we announced our intent to build and standardize a Web API, feature compatible with Safari’s, that would allow web developers to create and control the full experience around Picture-in-Picture,” stated Francois Beaufort on the Google Developer site.
The picture-in-picture mode, according to TNW, works when you open a video, right click on it, and select picture-in-picture. Your video will then be transferred to a floating window where you can then resize or move it to suit your taste. This will remain at the top of all other apps and windows as you do other things on your system. However, would still need to turn on picture-in-picture on their end. Thus, users wouldn’t be able to enjoy the new PiP support in Chrome 70 with every video they play in Chrome, at least not for the moment being.
In addition, To make the Chrome browser even more efficient and safe for all, Google has introduced some changes. “Chrome 70, which is now being rolled out as beta with various new APIs for developers, will no longer include the Android and iOS build number in the user-agent identification string visible to websites.
The update also added the ability to use fingerprint sensor to the browser—drawing strength from the existing Android fingerprint sensors and MacBook Pro Touch ID sensors for scans—The fingerprint sensor feature will further improve user privacy and make the browser even safer for users. It further confirms the belief that the Chrome browser is the most secure and most efficient among other top browsers available at the moment—Chrome 70 beta also came with a couple of other changes such as Web Bluetooth support for Windows 10. This feature will further add the ability to communicate with other Bluetooth enabled devices nearby.
PiP is available on Chrome 70 on Windows, Mac, and Linux, while Chrome OS users may have to wait awhile to be able to access the feature.