Google Chrome team rolls back the update that muted many web games

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Google Chrome team rolls back the update that muted many web games

While the move should restore sound to affected sites for now, there are still unhappy developers out there.

Have you come across any such unintended consequences on Chrome?

The Chrome team said that the changes will not impact the web browser's new feature of silencing Internet videos and audio that have an autoplay feature. This demonstrated to Google that many Chrome users have absolutely no use for videos that begin unannounced and unwanted, and consequently, the search giant has addressed the issue.

Google released yesterday a Chrome update that temporarily fixed a bug that broke millions of web-based games, some of which couldn't play audio at all, despite whatever tricks and configs users tried.

The update was rolled out in April with the goal of blocking loud media content that is being played automatically on some websites.

Meanwhile, the implementation delay will give "Web Audio API developers for gaming, audio applications, some RTC features more time to update their code". The limits on general autoplaying audio and video have been retained. Google now plans on re-introducing the restrictions in Chrome 70, but the Chrome team is looking into other options as well.

But as Chrome is the dominant browser on the internet, claiming a 57.4% share of online users in April across desktop and mobile according data from StatCounter, any changes have a significant impact on the way the web works.

Still, the auto-muting update still appliesto audio and video HTML tags. The update rendered those games unable to play sound. However, the more you use Chrome, the better the browser becomes at understanding your personal do's and don't's, and will make adjustments accordingly.

Other comments call for a response from the Chrome development team, particularly with regard to suggestions for modifying the policy to indicate when audio is being disabled, and to enable users to easily switch it back on, either temporarily or permanently. You just have to right click on your website tab and select "mute site" in order to never hear anything from that particular page again.

The most recent update, Chrome 66, pauses audio on browser media objects, meant to silence irritating adverts.

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