The beta version of the Chrome browser often brings unique features to its Android users and this time around, they have introduced something that is sure to become an instant fan favourite. If you update your Chrome Beta to the latest version 54, it will now be able to play YouTube in the background. Prior to the update, videos would pause the moment you exited the app, like it does on most browsers. Post the update, a play/pause button will appear in your notifications panel on exiting the Chrome Beta browser, which you can then use to continue playing the video in the background, while accessing other apps on your device. Needless to say, users who largely listen to audio content on YouTube will particularly appreciate this feature.
If you are streaming music from a website on the Chrome Beta Browser, it will continue to play in the background on exiting, just like a dedicated music streaming application. Even though this is exciting news, there's a high chance that this feature will be excluded in the next update unfortunately. Let's not forget that playing videos in the background is a feature of YouTube Red, which is a paid subscription based service. As this free feature makes paying for the same thing on the YouTube app unnecessary and both are owned by Google... you can do the math.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)
Some users were complaining about Google Chrome (desktop version) performance issues and high RAM usage. Well, Google is working on an update that make the Chrome browsing experience get a lot better and far less annoying thanks to these two new features that are coming soon!
The first is deferred playback of autoplay media for background tabs. Right now, if you open a tab in the background that has autoplay media, it will start playing in the background when the page finishes loading, and you then have to hunt for the tab and silence whatever is playing. With this feature, Chrome will wait until the tab is in the foreground to start playing autoplay media, thus causing less annoyance and also using fewer resources for background tabs.
The second feature is where Chrome will automatically pause Flash ads and other non-essential Flash content on the page. Soon, Flash ads will have a gray box asking the user explicit permission to play them. Google advises ad partners to switch to using HTML5 ads, as they use fewer resources to run than Flash content.
The most popular Video player on the Play Store, MX player, has just been update to version 1.7.38 with various improvements. The App already adopted the Material Design UI since version 1.7.30 with a new icon and customized themes too.
In this New version, MX Player brings a new background Play Interface along with Full Android TV support, it also adds a subtitle speed control in the settings.
MX player 1.7.38 Change-log:
- Improved Android TV support.
- Improved background play interface.
- Added 'A-B repeat' feature.
- Added subtitle speed setting under subtitle submenu.
- Added S/W audio (network) under Settings > Decoder.
- Handles mouse wheel movement on playback screen. Also can select behavior on Playback screen > Menu > Display > Settings > Touch > Wheel action. (This option is not visible unless a mouse is attached).
If you don't want to wait for the update to hit your device via Play Store, you can download the app APK below.