Picture in Picture Mode on Chrome is About to Get a Lot More Useful

The release of picture in picture mode on Google Chrome was a welcome addition to the browser because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up allowing users to watch videos in a floating window. It turns out that Google might be taking things to the next level, at least if the beta version from Chrome 111 is anything to go by.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that the new version of Chrome might allow users to not just watch videos in a floating window, but really any web content that they prefer. This would make the feature far more useful than might have been the case otherwise, since it would facilitate multitasking which is something that users have been quite adamant about for quite some time now.

The updated version of this feature is being referred to as Document Picture in Picture (chrome://flags/#document-picture-in-picture-api ), but it can be used for far more things than just documents with all things having been considered and taken into account. APIs are already being developed such as a Pomodoro timer, and it will be truly interesting to see what occurs when a number of other developers start to take advantage of everything that this new picture in picture mode can offer.

This feature is likely going to cement Chrome’s dominance in the browser industry. Non-Chromium browsers are going to have an even harder time competing, since users will come to expect advanced picture in picture modes from all of the browsers that they end up opening up.

Incorporating such a feature would be a challenge for Apple with its Safari browser, and the team at Mozilla did not comment on whether or not they’d be able to provide something similar in the future. Chrome might enter an even greater age of popularity, which might be important since Google may end up losing its status as the world’s best search engine if Microsoft sees any kinds of success with Bing and OpenAI.

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