Currently in beta, Chrome 73 will give more support for media buttons that sit on laptops and all but the most budget of keyboards. Usually these work with Windows apps to allow you to play and pause music. Chrome is the first browser to offer support for multimedia keys. These all changes are with Chrome 73. Initial support will see the ‘play’, ‘pause’, ‘previous track’, ‘next track’, ‘seek forward’ and ‘seek backward’ keys supported.
Meanwhile, Chrome 73 is adding “Enhanced spell check” and “Safe browsing extended reporting” for users with Chrome Sync enabled. There is also a new “Make searches and browsing better” option that lets Chrome collect anonymized URLs.
Google Chrome 73
The new Chrome 73 includes a plenty of new user-facing features. The browser adds a new “Sync and Google services” section in Settings, and more features tied to signing-in with your Google Account. There are also a handful of new features for Picture-in-Picture and media playback that developers can take advantage of. Many of the settings were previously listed under “Privacy,” with the new section already rolling out in Chrome 72. It will be widely available with this coming release.
On Android, Chrome 73 introduces a new download manager and downloading experience. When saving an image or any other file, a snackbar that features an animating loading indicator slides up from the bottom of the screen. Previously, there was only a toast message for initial confirmation, with the snack bar appearing once complete.
At first, keyboard media control for Chrome will only be supported in Windows, Chrome OS and macOS, but Linux support will follow at some unspecified point. The feature is live for YouTube in the Chrome 73 beta, or you can demo how it functions on Chrome’s Github page.
The last update to Chrome in January tweaked settings by separating Passwords, Payment methods, and Addresses into a new “Autofill” grouping.