The annoying autoplay of videos has became worse.
Sure, you don’t want to click the play button every time just to play a Facebook video. However, when it comes to content that you don’t want to view on, that feature sucks.
Now, Facebook has announced that it will autoplay videos when you scrolled through them, but this time, with the sound on it. The disadvantages of this is if you are using mobile data, this will heavily consume your data allocation without your control, and you will become annoyed when you scrolled through something you don’t want to view or pay attention to. But, note that the sound won’t work when your phone is in silent mode, thankfully.
The best thing is still you can opt out of autoplaying sound permanently by toggling off “Videos in News Feed Start With Sound” in Settings.
Facebook is planning a slow rollout that will eventually be global by the end of the year, the company told Recode.
Facebook also added improvements to the mobile video experience. Now after a few seconds of watching, vertical movies will automatically fill the screen until users scroll away. Usersw can also drag the video down to a corner to keep it playing in a picture-in-picture (PIP) format while they continue scrolling through their feed or as they navigate out of the app if they’re using an Android device – just like YouTube.
Finally, if you wanted to watch Facebook videos on your smart TV, now’s your chance. The social media company made an app that’s debuting on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Samsung Smart TV, and will open up to more platforms in the future.
As Facebook’s vision for the next 10 years is more video-centric, we think that they are already starting to do essentials in order to realize it.