Facebook is crazy about videos, and is not hiding it from the public. According to TechCrunch, the social media behemoth is currently testing a new feature that ensures that you always have videos ready to watch whenever you are connected to Wi-Fi. Called Instant Videos, the feature appears to download different Facebook videos the moment you are connected to Wi-Fi-.
The new feature will enable videos to start playing the moment you are connected to a Wi-Fi network. Of course, it means Facebook doesn’t want you to waste your mobile data when it comes to watching or downloading your favorite videos.
Instant Video reminds me of Facebook’s Instant Articles; a feature that loads articles much faster than mobile websites.
Confirming the report to TechCrunch, Facebook said the test is a small one only available to a handful of its users on Android. A screenshot of the Instant Videos feature was posted on TNW by Devesh Logendran—giving us a glimpse of what to expect when it’s eventually rolled out to everyone.
Getting more people to watch videos on its platform has always been Facebook’s major goal—and has been working in several ways to ensure things work as expected. In certain countries where internet penetration has been a huge challenge for users, Facebook’s desire has always been to provide the needed backbone to enable access.
Instant Videos will enable people to watch or download videos to be watched later at a more affordable cost than usual. Watching videos over mobile as you know can be very expensive in many countries, but that’s not the case when it comes to doing the same thing over a Wi-Fi network.
In July 2016, Facebook’s Aquila internet drone successfully completed its first test flight when the Boeing 737 stayed airborne for 90 minutes and performed to expectations during test flight conducted by the company’s team of engineers. However, its landing was not that smooth as its fragile structure suffered a bit of damage while landing in a stony field a few meters off the runway.
When operational, Aquila drones will rely on solar power to fly at altitudes of between 60,000 to 90,000 feet for up to 90 days. The drones will be connected using a laser system known as free-space optics. In terms of power consumption, the drones will consume 5,000 watts, which is about the same amount of power as three hair dryers.
Last May, Facebook Express Wi-Fi, which went live in India last November, became commercially available to users in that country. Facebook said it’s making the service commercially available to people in partnership with Bharti Airtel, one of the leading telecom firms in the country.
The social media giant also partnered with AirJaldi in Uttarakhand, LMES in Rajasthan, Tikona in Gujarat and soon with Shaildhar in Meghalaya to make internet broadband service available to subscribers across India.
India remains one of the largest markets in the world, but accessibility to the internet is not as affordable as in other countries of the world. Facebook understands the importance of providing easy access to these people [Indians], and has taken one of the biggest steps in its drive to get more users on board.