Google Chrome: The Google is taking on the irritating trend of auto-playing Web videos with its Chrome browser. Starting in Chrome 64, which is currently earmarked for a January 2018 release, auto-play will only be allowed when the video in question is muted or when a “user has indicated an interest in the media.”
From Chrome 64, autoplay will be allowed only when either the media won’t play sound, or the user has indicated an interest in the media. This, in turn, changes the autoplay option and allows the videos to play only if the user wants to play.
Moreover, Chrome 63 will also have a new user option to completely disable audio for individual sites. Additionally, the site muting option will be there during browsing sessions as well.
In the official blog, Google mentioned:
This will allow autoplay to occur when users want media to play, and respect users’ wishes when they don’t. These changes will also unify desktop and mobile web behavior, making web media development more predictable across platforms and browsers.
These changes will give users greater control over media playing in their browser while making it easier for publishers to implement autoplay where it benefits the user.