Pop Up Videos, Silenced
Is there anything more annoying than a loud ad you can’t find to silence with multiple tabs open? No.
We’ve all had it happen, whether it’s a cleaning product ad that is so hidden it takes you the entire commercial to find the window, or an autoplay news that starts when you’re still finishing up that last email. It’s annoying as hell, and it’s driven us all crazy.
Luckily, the good people of Google are also sick of this atrocity that has caused so many to scramble for the mute button.
Starting this fall (likely October to mid-November) autoplay on background tabs will be disabled while using Google Chrome.
Why Does This Matter?
This is one of the most annoying things on the web, and for some reason it has taken the same people who can create a self-driving car until now to realize it.
Of course this is more than just stopping annoying commercials, this can potentially help slower computers have a little extra gas in them, allowing the videos to fully load and be ready when you are. Also, for those who have slow bandwidth, or are paying for their internet depending on data used, this allows them to not have to worry about the amount of energy being expelled by the annoying ads in the first place.
End result is basically that Google just keeps knocking out more awesome shit, and we’re very thankful for that.