Juggling multiple tasks, windows and screens at work could soon be much easier thanks to a new update to Google Chrome.
The browser is set to upgrade its picture-in-picture mode to include non-video content for the first time, giving a boost to those who like to have multiple windows open at once.
Google Chrome is reportedly working on the upgrade, dubbed PIP 2.0, with a plan to support embedded content such as audio streams or image galleries while users continue browsing.
PIP 2.0 on Chrome
Although more commonly used for entertainment and sports viewing, Google Chrome clearly believes that picture-in-picture can also be an incredibly convenient workhorse, giving users more options for viewing different types of content.
In a Chromium blog post, Google explained that PIP 2.0 is part of a series for “the new picture-in-picture v2 feature that enables always-on windows with arbitrary content.”
A separate Google developer document discussing the feature adds that “Picture-in-Picture V2 will include a new web API which is still under discussion”. This new Chrome code “will hide the window frame and location bar (after a timeout) when the [PiP] window loses focus” but also be able to add it again when focus is regained.
“The promise will allow for a clearer asynchronous API and provide a way to expose that interactivity is not supported by the platform,” Google Chrome engineers noted.
“When Picture-in-Picture is requested and the window is displayed, we will copy the requested element into the body of the new window.”
There are also security concerns, with engineers adding that the tool could potentially be used to impersonate the system’s user interface. “Therefore, we will ensure that the UX of the Picture-in-Picture window is distinct enough by adding a border (and perhaps an indicator of the origin),” they note, adding that the UI trusts such as permission prompts and autofill will also be disabled, with regular keyboard events also suppressed to reduce the attack surface.
Via Windows Latest