Video is more popular than ever on Facebook, a realization the social networking giant is fully aware of and ready to capitalize on. On Tuesday, two of the company’s managers outlined several changes designed to make watching video on Facebook richer, more flexible and more engaging.
The first bit of news, however, may not excite everyone.
As Product Manager Dana Sittler and Engineering Manager Alex Li explain, videos in the News Feed up to this point have auto-played silently; you simply tap the video to enable sound. Moving forward, Facebook will be rolling out auto-playing sounds that will get louder and quieter as you scroll through the News Feed.
Videos can also utilize picture-in-picture mode so you can continue to scroll as you watch – multitasking at its finest, folks. You can drag the video to any corner of the screen you want and if you’re using an Android device, videos will continue to play even when you exit the Facebook app.
If your phone is set to silent, videos won’t play with audio enabled. What’s more, you can also permanently disable auto-playing sounds in the settings.
Also, in the event that you’re still shooting videos vertically, Facebook is making those mistakes a bit easier to deal with.
Perhaps the biggest news of the day is the arrival of a new Facebook video app that lets you watch videos on your television. Look for it to land in the respective app stores for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Samsung Smart TV devices soon. Apps for additional platforms are also in the pipeline, we’re told, so if your set-top box of choice isn’t yet supported, that’s likely to change in the near future.
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