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22 January 2010, 16:47

Google's Chrome OS to include a media player

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Google Chrome Logo Google has confirmed that its upcoming lightweight, browser-centric Chrome OS operating system will include a built-in media player. In an interview with ArsTechnica, Matthew Papakipos, the engineering director for the Chrome OS project, says that the developers are currently working on "integrating a whole media player into Chrome and into Chrome OS". The Chrome browser, for example, already includes support for Flash and HTML5 audio and video playback, however, users also need to be able to "play JPEGs and MP3s and PDFs and all that stuff when you're off line" said Papakipos.

The media player will reportedly include basic codec support so that users can plug in their USB drives or other media device, browse to their audio or video files and play them. The Chrome developers also believe that, if a user receives an MP3 in Gmail, they shouldn't have to exit the browser just to listen to it. "We want to make that work directly in Chrome, and make it a really clean, smooth experience in ChromeOS", said Papakipos.

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