Google Chrome changes how autoplay videos will show on websites

It looks like Google is not taking autoplay videos lightly. A couple of days ago it announced certain steps it is taking to curb such videos. The company announced that its Chrome version 64 will allow auto-playing of videos on websites provided the media won’t play sound or if the user has showed interest in such videos.
“This will allow autoplay to occur when users want media to play, and respect users’ wishes when they don’t,” says the Google Chromium blog post. It has been also mentioned that this restriction will be available on both the web version and the app version.
In the Chrome v63, the search giant will also be giving an option to users to completely disable audio for individual sites. “This site muting option will persist between browsing sessions, allowing users to customize when and where audio will play,” adds the firm.
Google says that making such changes will give users greater control over media playing in their browser, without harming the interests of publishers.
On the sidelines, the company in a bid to focus more in developing markets, is planning to launch its own payment app called ‘Tez’ in India. It has been reported that Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely will launch Google’s Unified Payments Interface (UPI)-based digital payment service on Monday (September 18).
FM Shri @arunjaitley to launch the Google Digital Payment app ‘TEZ’ on Monday, 18th September, 2017 in the national capital,” the Finance Ministry confirmed in a tweet on Saturday (September 16).
The search giant recently confirmed the launch date of the next generation Google Pixel smartphones. The company posted a video on YouTube that shows smartphone related questions being searched such as “What’s wrong with my phone’s battery?”, “Why is my phone always out of storage?”, “Why doesn’t my phone understand me?” At the end, the video just has a remark “Funny you should ask”, followed by the date, October 4.

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