Google is quietly testing a new feature that will automatically play YouTube videos in the mobile app while you browse the Home feed of the service. It sounds incredibly intrusive, especially since no one really likes videos that automatically start on their own, but it seems like Google has tweaked it to make it bearable.
When I say silently, I really meant it. Not only is this a feature that’s not rolled out to everyone, but the process of the videos playing doesn’t involve sound. YouTube mutes everything and just displays subtitles over whatever video is currently running. That cuts down on your ears getting shocked by an unexpected loud noise, but also makes it easy to quietly watch the first minute or so of a video to see if it’s something you’d like.
Best of all, this doesn’t look like it’ll be a mandatory feature at all. There are several options for people that already have the feature, including the option to completely turn it off and the option to only autoplay on WiFi and not cellular data. Features like this are best served with a healthy dose of opt-out settings, and Google is handling that.
This feature may not ever make its way to the public, but if it’s being tested heavily, keep an eye out for it over the next few weeks during your YouTube sessions.
source: Android Central