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Facebook Adds Sound to Videos in News Feed and More

Several new and improved ways improving the videos watching experience more richer, engaging and flexible on Facebook including “sound to videos in News Feed” and more shared on Tuesday.

Until now, Facebook videos in the News Feed played silently, now starting today, users can tap on a video to hear sound. With this update, “sound fades in and out as you scroll through videos in News Feed, bringing those videos to life,” writes company.

The videos will play sound only when the volume on the device is turned on. If the phone is set to silent, videos will not play sound. However, if for some reasons, you don’t need sound, this feature can be disable by switching off “Videos in News Feed Start With Sound” in Settings.

Facebook says, through in-product messages, they will tell people about the new sound on experience and controls.

Facebook Videos with Sound in News Feed
Facebook Videos with Sound in News Feed

Vertical Video now look much better on mobile devices with changes launching today on iOS and Android, making the larger format available to everyone. Facebook has been testing a larger preview of vertical videos in News Feed on mobile for past year.

Watch and Scroll through News Feed brings the ability to minimize the videos to a picture-in-picture view that keeps playing in the corner of the screen, while you browse stories in News Feed.

Watch Facebook Videos with Sound when scrolling News Feed
Facebook videos with sound when scrolling News Feed

Additionally, videos can be drag to any corner of the screen, and on Android devices, the video can keep playing even when you Facebook app is closed while you do something else on your phone.

A new Facebook Video App for TV launched today, is rolling out soon to app stores for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Samsung Smart TV. Facebook says, more platforms will be adding come.

This feature expands the capability that allowed streaming videos from Facebook to a TV last year, to now lets you watch videos on bigger screen through new video app for TV.

With the app, you can watch video “shared by friends or Pages you follow, top live videos from around the world, and recommended videos based on your interests.” Additionally, videos saved to watch later, and revisit videos you’ve watched, shared or uploaded can be watched as well, says Facebook.

Watch this video to see these features in detail:

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