The newest feature on Chrome will allow users to quickly mute autoplay videos across a whole website through the support of a simple click.
Even though the official announcement doesn't include a changelog, you can be sure that Google Chrome OS 63 not only brings a few new features, but it also installs bugs and security fixes as well as performance improvements. But it seems that some of the changes that were being discussed at the time aren't in this release. Google says that Chrome will prevent these "abusive experiences" with version 64, but its effectiveness remains to be seen: I suspect it could be mighty hard to stop this unwanted behavior happening in all cases.
We all know how annoying autoplay videos are, especially when you are trying to do something important.
Chrome 64 also brings a new audio muting option across the site, accessible from the green padlock in the URL bar. From here you will have the option to always allow audio, always block audio, or use the default setting.
In this menu you will find an option for "sound". It's very convenient, and oh so satisfying. Among the highlighted upgrades is a stronger pop-up blocker that only complements the ability to mute autoplay videos.
Once installed, you can open the browser and visit the webpages where you have issues.
A user will now see a little info bar that tells them when a redirect is being blocked. A new split view feature also finds space in the beta version that allows user to multi-task easily. Google, after all, is already a dominant player in the global digital advertising industry.
Ad banners, pop-ups and auto-playing videos might be a necessary part of the online world, but when they're misused, they can be especially frustrating for users.