Generally speaking, most of us tend to stick to the official YouTube app when it comes to streaming content on mobile, but there are instances when it’s convenient to watch a YouTube video within the Chrome browser. Recently, Google has quietly added a new feature to that experience, as well as giving it a brand new look.

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In Chrome for Android’s Dev and Canary channels (via Android Police), a new design for the video player is rolling out which offers up a completely different look from anything we’ve seen on the various versions of Chrome. It deviates from the desktop design completely, using a new white gradient to indicate when controls are visible and shows those over the video, rather than on a bar.

Controls available seem pretty much the same, including the play/pause, full-screen, mute, and typical scrubbing control. It’s a great new look that feels very modern, but it’s not all that’s changed.

As XDA-Developers points out, Google has also brought the “double tap to seek” feature to Chrome which was first added to YouTube a few months back. That’s certainly a nice addition, but you do have to jump through a couple of hoops to get to it.

To enable the feature (and that fancy new video player), you’ll have to toggle it on within Chrome’s flags. To make that a bit easier, simply copy and paste the address below into your URL bar.

chrome://flags#enable-modern-media-controls

Once you’ve restarted your browser, that feature should be live, allowing you to double tap either side of your screen to seek forward or backward in a video.


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