SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook made several video announcements Tuesday, including a change to how videos will autoplay in the news feed.
Previously, videos in the news feed have played without sound and required the user to tap the video to enable it. Soon, all videos will play with sound enabled unless the phone is set to silent.
“With this update, sound fades in and out as you scroll through videos in news feed,” Facebook said in a news release.
The company said it is “slowly” rolling out the autoplay changes.
To permanently disable videos playing in the news feed with sound, the “Videos in News Feed Start With Sound” needs to be turned off in settings.
Facebook also announced videos will minimize and play in a picture-in-picture frame similar to YouTube as users scroll through the news feed.
“You can drag the video to any corner of the screen, and if you’re using an Android device, you can keep the video playing even when you exit the Facebook app to do something else on your phone,” Facebook said.
Facebook also announced vertical videos soon will display uncropped and revealed its new video app coming soon to Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Samsung Smart TVs.
The app will give users the ability to watch videos shared by friends or pages. Videos can be saved to watch later or revisit previously watched videos.AlertMe