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  • Updated: March 29, 2021

Google Is Bringing A Video Conferencing Upgrade To Chrome

Google is reportedly working on improving video conferencing in the Chrome browser and upgrading their picture-in-picture window capabilities to support common video call operations, such as switching signals and ending calls.

A report by Techtsp.com revealed that Google Chrome is extending Picture-in-Picture (PiP) capabilities to video conferencing actions with the help of something called Media Session API.

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"We want to make picture-in-picture (PIP) more useful on video conferencing platforms by enabling the user to mute/unmute their microphone, enable/disable their camera, or hang up the call from the PIP window. To accomplish this, we’ll add new actions for these to the MediaSession API and let websites declare handlers for those actions," said Google engineer Tommy Steimel in a design document seen by Techtsp.com.

A mockup also accompanied the style guide, which can be seen below:


This functionality is mostly applicable with Desktop platforms, including Linux, Mac, Windows, and Chrome OS. While Chrome for Android doesn’t support the Picture-in-Picture API at the moment, Chrome-level Picture-in-Picture has not been implemented on Chrome for iOS as of now.

Google anticipates that by simply extending the MediaSession API used by the PiP window, website developers will be able to adopt the technology easily and that it would not raise new privacy concerns.

The upgrade, however,  is currently still at the proposal stage and has not been implemented in any version of the Chrome browser.


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