Two weeks ago we reported that Google was working on adding support to Chrome for the hardware media keys found on many desktop PC keyboards.
Now in a blog post, Google confirmed when the feature will be coming to Windows 10 users.
Hardware Media Keys support
Many keyboards nowadays have keys to control basic media playback functions such as play/pause, previous and next track. Headsets have them too. Until now, desktop users couldn’t use these media keys to control audio and video playback in Chrome. This changes today!
The blog post confirms the feature will be coming to Chrome 73, which was just promoted to the Beta channel and is therefore expected to hit general release in just a few weeks. Hardware Media Keys support will be available on Windows, Chrome OS and macOS, and will come to Linux only later.
Chrome 73 will also bring some other media-related goodies such as support for the ad-skip button in Picture in Picture videos and the ability for Chrome-based PWA apps to automatically open Picture in Picture videos (such as for video conferencing) without any manual user intervention.
Read more detail on these features at Google here.