Speculations claimed that Google is working on a new global media control feature. However, there's a simple catch regarding its availability. 

Google Allegedly Working on a New Global Media Control Progress Bar— But, There's a Catch
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According to XDA Developers' latest report, the new capability offers a new icon, which can be located at the address bar that opens a simple playback controls window. This section has a pause/play button. 

On the other hand, the feature shows the URL and the song title of the video or sound content. Aside from this, the new global media control feature also shows what album the song is from.

Google confirmed that the new progress bar and dynamic backgrounds will be available once the media controls update is released on the latest Chrome Canary Build Version 91. 

Google's new global media control progress bar

The new Google Chrome global media control progress bar was first leaked by the Reddit user u/Leopeva64-2.

Google Allegedly Working on a New Global Media Control Progress Bar— But, There's a Catch
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"Google has made some changes to the Global media controls UI and one of those changes is the addition of a progress bar, here you can see the new design," said the leaker. 

The Reddit user also provided two videos that show how Google Chrome's new feature works. Aside from the mentioned features above, the two videos also show that the progress bar also offers the users Live Captions. However, the feature only offers English language as of now.

Will it be available for everyone? 

As of the moment, the new feature is only available in the latest Chrome Canary. Once you have installed it, you can find the new progress bar by searching the new #global-media-controls-modern-ui flag. 

When you find it, all you need to do is activate the new feature so that the new media control progress bar will appear whenever you play a soundtrack or video. Meanwhile, Google said that the users should wait a few more weeks before it sends out the new updates on the stable channel. 

If ever you decide to install the new Chrome Canary, you need to remember that it is advised for daily usage since this browser is still an incomplete and unstable version of Chrome. 

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