For past few months, Google had been tested some updates for Chrome intended to make the web browsing experience slightly less galling. And now, Chrome developers have finally announced a new update, i.e. Chrome 64 beta with an enhanced pop-up blocker. This means that you can now mute autoplay videos in Chrome in a hassle-free manner.
Starting in Chrome 64 beta, autoplay will be allowed when: either the media itself doesn’t boast sound or when a user has shown an interest in the media. In the latter case, the user interest can be determined by a range of factors like if he/she has tapped or clicked on the screen during the browsing session. These changes will also amalgamate desktop and mobile web behavior, making web media development more conventional across platforms.
However, in the chorus, the search mogul is ditching some of its protections against autoplay for mobile users. On Chrome for Android, it’s eradicating the ‘block autoplay’ setting that’s currently available. It will also part its ways with autoplay blocking on mobile when the Data Saver mode is enabled.
Chrome 64 beta comes with an enhanced pop-up blocker, enabling you to mute autoplay videos in Chrome. The update allows you to mute websites with obnoxious experiences such as disguising links as site controls and play buttons, and transparent overlays.
Once you download Google Chrome 64 beta, you can stop videos from auto-playing by clicking on the green lock icon next to the URL of the webpage you want to mute. A drop-down menu will appear. You need to select the Always on block on this site option next to the sound icon. From now onwards, that website will never blast music from annoying ads.
The major hitch to this setting, i.e. mute videos in Google Chrome from auto-playing is that it can only be enabled on a per website basis, so you must choose the option on each site you want it applied to.
Apart from giving you the ability to mute autoplay videos in Chrome, the update also comes with other security measures. It will prevent malicious auto-redirects, all thanks to its new developer tools and APIs. The web browser will counter surprise redirects from third-party content embedded into pages. Chrome 64 beta now blocks third-party iframes unless you have directly interacted with them.
The new Chrome version also includes a sitewide auto muting setting. You can access this setting from the permissions dropdown by tapping on the green lock or info icon in the URL bar.
Google Chrome 64 brings support for HDR video playback when Windows 10 is in HDR mode. However, the feature entails the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, HDR-compatible graphics card, and display. In the intervening time, on Chrome for Windows, Google is currently prototyping support for an operating system’s native notification center.
On top of that, the latest update of Chrome web browser allows the split view feature for enhanced multitasking in tablet mode. Lastly, developers can now make use of the Resize Observer API to build responsive sites with ‘finer control to observe changes to sizes of elements on a page’.
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