Autoplaying videos may stop being an issue as, according to a recent release from Google, its Chrome browser will allow users to block this from playing starting with January 2018. In its statement, the giant company points out that it decided on this course of action in trying to “reduce the annoyance factor related to autoplay on desktop”, and who can contest that.
Videos That Autoplay to Be Deactivate in Just a Few Clicks
Auto-playing videos are one of the biggest nuisances to users as they are browsing the internet. The fact that some of them cause the page to also refresh, or minimize and follow the user as they are scrolling down the page makes them even worse.
So Google has been working on finding a solution that advantages both the users and the pages. https://blog.chromium.org/2017/09/unified-autoplay.htmlTo do so, it will be introducing a new option in its next Google Chrome release, one that will allow users to block the autoplay feature.
Chrome 64, which will start being available in January 2018, will enable auto-playing only under several conditions. Namely, this will be able to play only if the media has no sound.
Autoplay will also function if or when the user has shown an interest in the respective media file.
“This will allow autoplay to occur when users want media to play, and respect users’ wishes when they don’t. These changes will also unify desktop and mobile web behavior, making web media development more predictable across platforms and browsers,” states Google.
The company also acknowledges the fact that not all users have the same demands or wishes. So starting next month, Google Chrome 63 will be coming with a new option.
This will enable users to completely disable a video’s audio for particular websites. The “site muting” option will also reportedly persist in between browsing sessions so that users should have a greater control over where and when the audio will play.
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