Twitter to Auto-Play Videos in Mobile Apps
Twitter today said it will begin playing videos, GIFs, and Vines embedded in tweets automatically on the web and in the Android and iOS mobile apps. Users can choose to have videos play automatically all the time, only when on WiFi, or only when tapped by the user. By default, video sound will be off. Users who want to hear the the sound in any given video need only tap the video, which will expand and begin to play sound. Videos can also auto-rotate if the phone is turned on its side. The new auto-playing video feature will reach the web and iOS app today, with the Android app to follow in the near future.
Facebook Video to Turn Up the Volume
Facebook is making several big changes to how it treats video on mobile devices. First, sound will fade in and fade out as users scroll past videos in their News Feed as long as the phone's volume is turned on.
Facebook Brings Instant Video to Messenger
Facebook today added the ability to stream video live within its Messenger application. The feature is different from a two-way video chat, which has been part of Messenger since 2015.
Google Brings Inline Video Support to Google Slides
Google today made it possible place videos within Google Slide presentations. Google Drive users can insert video stored on Google Drive or YouTube directly into presentations to enhance slides.
Autoplay Comes to YouTube On Android Phones
YouTube has rolled out a new autoplay behavior on Android devices that automatically starts playing video with the sound off when you open the app. YouTube has been testing the function since last year and it is now being pushed to most Android users.