Google just brought a major update to its Google search result on Android, which it calls “video previews.” So, the next time you start searching for something on your mobile, don’t get surprised if the video that pops up on your search result starts playing automatically. Fortunately, it’s muted.
This feature currently works only for Chrome and Google app on Android. Albeit it will be in English and only in the US now, Google has plans to extend the video previews feature worldwide in different languages. Besides, according to a spokesperson, Google might release this feature for iOS and desktop soon.
This feature may not sound that important but it’s a way to enhance video results. Whenever you search for something, a short text snippet appears for every search result, which helps you get a bit idea on that site’s content. If you get the similar preview for a video result, it will be easier for you to decide whether you should tap on that video or not.
It’s no surprise that Google used some of its machine learning smarts to create this feature. It’s because the first six seconds of a video isn’t helpful at all. So, it’s important to decide which six seconds should be shown to help the viewer. Google’s machine learning algorithm goes through the whole video and decides which scenes best represent the video.
Video previews feature only works when you’re connected to Wi-Fi, so it won’t eat your data. And if you don’t like that feature, you can easily turn it off inside the app.