Google is going to solve the video playback problem in chrome
Google is working for a new option/settings for Chrome users that will reduce data usage while streaming video.
According to our reporters, this new feature is called ‘LiteVideos’, and it will not only help to reduce data usage when watching videos online but also improve performance. It is currently available in the Canary builds of Chrome, that the feature is due to hit the stable release of the browser later in the year.
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Entries on the Chromium bug tracker reveals the details of the feature and how they work. Here, software developers explained that “LiteVideo is a data-savings optimization option that simulates low bandwidth conditions by throttling media responses, to allow adaptive MSE video players to lower the resolution, and consume fewer data.” In short, Chrome will force videos to play at a lower quality so that anyone could play videos while having fewer data.
Although a “data-saving” is something that tends to be the most useful to mobile users, this particular feature will be making its way for all versions of Chrome. This means that the Windows, macOS, Linux, and Chrome OS users will all be able to benefit from the boost in performance – something that will please anyone who has ever used their laptop on a metered connection. Strangely, however, there is no mention of iOS users getting the feature.
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Although LiteVideo is still under testing, so you can already try it out if you are happy to use and unstable version of Google Chrome. The feature can be found in the Canary build of Chrome 86 – a desktop version can be downloaded here and the Android version is available on Google Play.
But just have the Canary build installed is not enough to access this feature, you also need to enable an optional flag to activate the LiteVideo. Head to the chrome://flags, search for the LiteVideos, and then enable the options following labeled ‘Enable LiteVideos’ and ‘Force LiteVideos decision’.