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Google Chrome 66 to Automatically Mute Autoplay Videos with Sound

Google is not yet done with its efforts to mute autoplay videos on sites.

The Internet search giant released Chrome 66 beta that now automatically silences autoplay clips with sound.

In its note to developers, Google said: “As announced earlier, autoplay is now allowed only when either the media won’t play sound, after the user clicks or taps on the site, or (on a desktop) if the user has previously shown an interest in media on the site. This will reduce unexpected video playbacks with sound when first opening a web page.”

9to5google.com said videos would still autoplay on an Android phone, if the site has been added to the Home Screen by the user.

The latest update to the browser followed Chrome 64, which rolled out in December. Chrome 64 allowed a user to mute autoplay videos on an entire site.

Rollout of Chrome 66 Set Next Month

According to a report on The Verge, the changes implemented in Chrome were supposed to be included in Chrome 64.

Google deferred the autoplay changes to Chrome 66, which are now appearing in Chrome’s beta channels ahead of a public rollout next month.

Other New Features

Meanwhile, 9to5google.com reported that Chrome 66 beta also includes:

  • Reduction of browser crashes on Windows caused by third-party software that injects code. “Citing alternatives like Chrome extensions and Native Messaging for developers, version 66 will display warnings after such a crash has occurred.”
  • Removal of trust for Symantec certificates after the company failed to comply with industry security standards.
  • Replacement of the “Chrome Home” bottom bar by “Chrome Home Duplex.” There will be a new sliding bottom toolbar that opens the New Tab page, allowing a quicker way to launch bookmarks.  The feature is “likely still in development,” according to 9to5google.com
  • A new Asynchronous Clipboard API that offers “a new method to read and write from the clipboard.” Future Chrome updates will include the ability to copy and paste photos and “rich data types.”
  • An AudioWorklet API that lets developers “programmatically control audio without additional latency and higher stability in the output audio.”
  • A Decoding Info API wherein websites can better set media streaming resolution by looking into the decoding capabilities of devices.

What’s Next?

Google Chrome 66 beta now automatically mutes autoplay videos with sound.

There are also other new features included in the beta version.

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