Google Chrome Canary is the code name for the most recent versions of Google Chrome. It’s a beta release that’s updated almost daily that show off some of the new features they are working on. Using Canary as your default browser is probably not the greatest idea since it tends to break and crash here and there. But, testing out canary can give you some great insight on what’s to come, and even provide solutions that will make your life a lot easier, such as this new Speaker Feature.
The latest feature I found while using Canary major version 33, which I am just calling Tab Speaker Icon, shows you when a tab is playing audio. This has to be the best thing I have ever seen in the last year for Web Browser improvement. I’m sure there has to be an extension or add-on out there that will add this functionality, and possibly a browser that already has it built in, but having it in my default browser finally is really nice.
So what does this so called Tab Speaker Icon do? It shows a speaker to the right of the tabs that are playing audio. No longer will you go surfing through all of your open tabs to find that one pesky video advertisement or background playing audio. Literally right before this post I had to close out of all of my tabs to get an ad to shut-up, and then I remembered that the canary build has a speaker appear.
In the image below, you can see that since Pandora is playing, a speaker appears. This speaker icon appears on any site that is playing audio and doesn’t require an API that these website have to integrate.
Other than this new feature, the more recent versions of Canary introduced new scroll-bars that are less intrusive, better password security, speed performance and just the normal speed and bug updates. The feature I would like to see soon is setting default audio volume for HTML5. No audio should be 100% by default, that’s just way too loud.
You can download the Canary build at google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/canary.html. I was able to install mine side by side with the stable release of Google Chrome and have the history and all data shared between the two using Chrome Sync.