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Chrome 54 for Android Adds Background Media Playback, Article Suggestions, and More


Google has updated Chrome 54 on Android and the latest update to the browser adds features like background media playback to the app. The update also carries certain performance improvements and bug fixes with itself. As happens with every other update, it is expected to roll out over next few weeks, the search giant said in its release note.

With the addition of support for background media playback, users will be able to pause and play content from the notification itself. The update has further brought changes to the New Tab page which now includes suggested articles instead of bookmarks and recent tabs at the bottom of the page. Now, users will also be able to update their saved passwords when they change or reset it.

The update also brings some improvements for developers. Developers will now have an API that will allow their websites to switch to full screen mode when the device is being used in landscape mode, without the requirement of pressing any button.

Further the update brings along support for the Broadcast Channel API, which allows communication between different windows or tabs, iframes, and workers as long as they are on the same domain.