Google Chrome now mutes annoying videos that autoplay with sound

Google Chrome now mutes annoying videos that autoplay with sound

The latest version of the world’s most popular web browser Google chrome (66.0.3359.117) gets a new feature that prevents websites from automatically playing sound. That means that pre-loaded videos, and other content that involves sound, won’t blare out unless you specifically choose to enable it to.

Aside from being a major annoyance, autoplay videos consume more data and can slow down the general browsing experience, which is particularly important when on a mobile device. The update is due to ship to users in the coming days. The feature has been in development for Chrome since last year, but there are some exceptions.

Autoplay will only be allowed when the media itself doesn’t include sound, or when the user has indicated that they are interested in the media. In that latter case, interest is determined by a number of factors. Those include if the user has frequently played the media on the site before when visiting from a desktop browser, if they’ve tapped or clicked on the screen during the browsing session or if they’ve added the site to their home screen on mobile.

Nonetheless, Chrome also includes more granular controls that allow a user to permanently block autoplay videos on a particular website domain. So anyone could prevent or any other website from playing audio on launch if they wish to.

This version also adds a new sitewide audio muting setting. It will be accessible from the permissions dropdown by tapping the info icon or green lock in the URL bar.

This version also brings support for HDR video playback when Windows 10 is in HDR mode. It requires the Windows 10 Fall Creator Update, HDR-compatible graphics card, and display. Meanwhile, on Windows, Google is currently prototyping support for an ’s native notification center. It launched on macOS in version 59 and is coming to Linux with this version.

On Chrome OS, version 64 allows the “Split viewfeature for improved multitasking in tablet mode to be enabled via a flag, while screenshots on convertibles are more like with a new volume down and power key gesture.

Lastly, developers can now take advantage of the Resize Observer API to build responsive sites with “finer control to observe changes to sizes of elements on a page.”



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