California: For Gmail users, sharing and watching videos has turned a whole lot easy. While initially, once a video file would be shared, users would have to download it to their system and only then they were able to watch it. However, now, Gmail has brought about considerable changes to their video and media sharing platform. The video attachments that users receive over email can now be viewed directly, without the need to download them. The new changes are only announced and are not yet put into effect. The new change is expected to roll out in the next 15 days.
Google announced on their official blog that they would be updating Gmail and making the new feature live in the next 15 days. Gmail will now come with a video player within their own app or mail service. Once someone attaches a video file, the file will automatically capture a thumbnail. Once you get the file, you will be able to see this thumbnail and on clicking on the thumbnail, you will be able to open and stream the video, viewing it directly in the Gmail Inbox. It is very similar to the present text and image files, which on clicking, do not get auto downloaded but open in a separate pop-up.
Users will get the option to go ahead and download the video too. The new video service is quite similar to YouTube Videos, which are also a Google property. Once you click on the thumbnail, the video will automatically play in the best optimal quality. You do have settings inside the player to adjust what quality you wish the video to be. The feature is the same as that in Google Drive, where the video auto-plays once you click on it. Google recently increased the file sharing limit to 50MB and the new video streaming feature comes soon after that.
According to the Google Blog, “Previously, in order to view a video attachment in Gmail, users have to download it to your computer and open it with a media player. Now, when opening an email with video attachments, users will see a thumbnail of the video and have the ability to stream it, right from inside Gmail. This feature uses the same Google infrastructure that powers YouTube, Google Drive, and other video streaming apps, so video is delivered at optimal quality and availability.”