Today we don’t have just bad news: it has also been announced that we will be able to watch videos in the background on Facebook.
Today Facebook has reminded us why no one should blindly trust limited tests of new features; According to the company, the few users who found the sound activated by default in the videos gave a positive response.
Actually, it doesn’t take a lot of brilliance to realize that it’s a bad decision. But that is not what we are going to talk about now; We are going to talk about the rest of the functionalities that Facebook has covered with that absurd decision.
Videos in the background on Facebook and outside the app
The main and most useful is, without a doubt, the possibility of watch videos in the background. The downside of a video is that it usually takes much longer to read a normal input; And if we are just short of time we do not want to stop seeing what is happening just to watch a video.
The solution, called picture-in-picture is not new and other apps like Youtube already have it; but it is still useful. Basically, if we are watching a video we don’t have to dedicate ourselves exclusively to it; we can continue scrolling and continue reading updates, and the video will be displayed in a corner of the screen.
Therefore, it is ideal in music videos, or in videos where the sound is more important than the image; because the bad thing is that in such a limited space you are not going to see much.
We can drag the mini-video to any position of the screen that we want; In addition, if we use Android we can keep watching the video even while using other apps.
Among the other novelties we find a change with the videos recorded vertically; a new preview It will allow us to know better what the video is about, instead of being limited to the panoramic view.
Finally, there is a new Facebook Video app for TV; The app will be available little by little on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Samsung Smart TV, and reach more platforms.