Google Chrome will block autoplaying video with sound2017-09-15 17:11 by Daniela
Google will prevent website videos with sound from auto playing in the new version of its Chrome browser. Auto video playback will only be allowed if sound isn't played or if the user has shown interest in the clip. The company wants the way audio and video is delivered on web pages to be "more consistent with user expectations.
When Chrome 64 is pushed out as an automatic update in January, it won't allow audio to start playing automatically. Autoplay videos won't be exempted, either. If Chrome detects that a video embedded in a webpage contains audio, it will push the pause button on it, too.
"One of the most frequent user concerns is unexpected media playback, which can use data, consume power, and make unwanted noise while browsing," Google wrote in a blog post. "To address this, Chrome will be making autoplay more consistent with user expectations and will give users more control over audio."
"This will allow autoplay to occur when users want media to play, and respect users' wishes when theydon't. These changes will also unify desktop and mobile web behavior, making web media development more predictable across platforms and browsers." The new features are being introduced in an effort to improve the user experience, reduce power consumption, and ease unnecessary data usage.
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