YouTube rolls out Autoplay videos in Home feed on Android

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YouTube has finally rolled out a feature it began testing way back in October last year. The feature called “Autoplay on Home,” is located under the “Autoplay” menu.

Autoplay Home automatically plays video as you browse through your Home feed. The video that auto-starts is often the one that is closest to the top of your screen. You will be able to see the thumbnail, but a second spinning loading indicator will appear to the left of the video duration label in the bottom-right corner, 9to5google reports.

A waveform that indicates that a sound is in the video will display as soon as you start playing the clip. Content with Captions will include subtitles as the video plays in the Home tab.

When you tap on a thumbnail, the clip will start playing with sound in the player interface. However, Autoplay Home will be disabled when the built-in picture player is on screen.

The feature is said to be available on several devices, which means you will soon be able to see and start using it if you still have not seen it as of this minute. You will have different options when it comes to controlling it. A setting that allows you to enable Autoplay Home when on Wi-Fi has also been included among the options you can use.

YouTube recently released an update that makes it easier to go live directly from your computer. In other words, you can now set up a live stream from your computer with a little help from your webcam.

YouTube said the process of setting things up is so easy, you don’t need additional software to get going. To get started, go to youtube.com/webcam or click on “Go live” in the YouTube header, and you are all good to go.

The Google subsidiary said creators who tested the early version have been using it for a couple of things including tutorials, fan updates, and product reviews.

Currently, the feature is available only to Chrome users, but the video streaming website said plans are on to extend it to other browsers soon.

There is even more—very soon, streaming right from your phone will be made available from the camera app in select devices. Early birds include Asus, LG, Motorola, Nokia and Samsung.

The update will benefit both creators and viewers, and will enhance their livestreaming experience. Automatic captions according to YouTube, were launched in 2009, and have experienced a boom totaling 1 billion videos.

From February, YouTube creators began adding location tag to their mobile live streams and video uploads. Viewers will be able to explore other videos recorded at the same location when clicked. This is YouTube’s way of responding to competition especially from Periscope, Instagram and Facebook.

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