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Chrome for Android keeps the music going with background media playback

The music and videos don’t have to stop in the latest build of for . Version 54, which launched Wednesday, supports background media playback, which means you can leave and keep listening to whatever is playing in the background.

With the update, you can hit the home button and move onto another task while the audio keeps going. Swipe down and hit pause or sweep away the tab to end the playback.

chrome background audio

Also, switching between tabs should be easier on the eyes. has long let sites change their tab color, but now they keep it when you hit the tab switcher. 

chrome tabs

Finally, has tweaked the Chrome start page. You’ll still see the search bar and your most frequently visited sites, but if you scroll down you’ll see more.

chrome start page

Much like Now, you’ll find a collection of suggested articles to read based on your browsing history. You can flick away any that aren’t of interest.

Chrome for is making the slow rollout through the Play Store, or you can grab it now from APK Mirror.

The impact on you: are nice and all, but the browser is still the most important part of any operating system. The more powerful Chrome gets, the less you may need to rely on all of those cluttering up your home screen.

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