Chrome Is Getting Support for Media Keys

Posted on February 8, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Google with 4 Comments

Google is adding a much-needed feature to its Chrome browser soon. The browser is soon going to work with your media keys, allowing you to control the playback of music/video across different sites very easily.

With Chrome 73, Google plans to introduce support for hardware media keys — this means you will be able to play/pause, and play the next/previous track using the playback keys on your keyboard or device itself. The feature will be initially available on Windows, macOS, and Chrome OS devices, but support for Linux is expected later.

Chrome getting support for media keys is a really nice improvement, at least for me. I (and probably many others) happen to listen to a lot of songs on sites like SoundCloud and sometimes YouTube, and being unable to easily play/pause the music with a single key is a massive pain. But with Chrome 73, that will no longer be the case as you will just be able to hit the media keys on your keyboard.

Chrome 73 should be available sometime next month, so make sure to keep an eye out for that.

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