Google started rolling out a brand new version of Chrome last month that further addresses autoplay videos. The most recent update, version 66, includes autoplay video changes that stop Chrome from automatically playing videos if the sound is on by default. Google is progressively rolling these changes in a personalized way, in order that Chrome learns user personal preferences of which sites should and shouldn’t be blocked. This should prevent audio randomly blasting out of your speakers when visiting a brand new site, but Google’s changes mean if you have clicked and played videos on a site in the past it’ll keep in mind that preference in the future.
YouTube will continue to autoplay with sound, for instance, if you have previously interacted and reproduced the video in the site. If you have Just started using Chrome and had no browsing history, your browser will autoplay video on more than 1, 000 popular sites where visitors usually play sound on video. As you browse the web, that list changes as Chrome learns and enables autoplay on sites where you play media with sound during most of your visits, and disables it on sites where you don’t, explains Google Product Manager John Pallett. As you teach Chrome, you might find that you must click play once in a while, but overall the new policy blocks about 50% of undesirable autoplays, so you’ll have fewer surprises and less undesirable noise whenever you first arrive at an internet site.
Google’s latest updates follow changes to Chrome 64 to allow anyone to mute an entire site, rather than the previous temporary mute tab, feature. Google is testing further Chrome updates particularly targeted towards Windows 10 users. Native Windows 10 notifications support is on the way, alongside full support for precision trackpads. It isn’t clear when these new Windows focused features will arrive, but Google is currently testing them both in the company’s Canary developer versions of Chrome.