With version 64, coming in January 2018, a new Google Chrome autoplay video block will debut, arresting the irritating trend…
Expect to enjoy a Google Chrome autoplay video block by as early as January of next year. At least, that’s the earmarked date set by the search engine. Beginning with Chrome 64, autoplay videos will only be allowed when muted. Or, when a, “user has indicated an interest in the media.”
Google Chrome Autoplay Video Block Arrives with Version 64 in January 2018
By user indicating interest, the search giant means sites already added to the home screen. Or, if a user previously played video on desktop. Additionally, Chrome 63 contains a new site muting option. (Google already announced its plans to include a built-in ad blocker for an upcoming version of its Chrome browser.) Also, the mute option works between browsing sessions. This means it persists from one session to the next.
“Chrome will be making auto-play more consistent with user expectations and will give users more control over audio. These changes will also unify desktop and mobile web behavior, making web media development more predictable across platforms and browsers,” Google writes in a blog post.
The move will give mobile users a data and battery-saving boost. Google states its upcoming autoplay video block is to improve UX or user experience. The company advises using autoplay sparingly and/or muting video. Find the complete guidelines on the Chromium Projects page.