Chrome will make autoplay videos less annoying in 2018

From Engadget - September 15, 2017

Wondering what Chrome considers as "showing interest in autoplaying videos?" On mobile, it will autoplay files on websites you have saved on your Home Screen. Chrome for desktop, on the other hand, will initiate autoplay if you typically play media on the website you are looking at. Google says the feature will "unify desktop and mobile web behavior" and that the changes "will give users greater control over media playing in their browser, while making it easier for publishers to implement autoplay where it benefits the user."

While the feature wo not officially come out until January, the new autoplay policies will go live in Chrome 64 Beta in December. Google also promised to release a built-in ad blocker for Chrome in 2018, though that will likely roll out after the browser's new autoplay protocol goes live.


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