Internet search giant Google has announced a major update to its mobile search results pages. Whenever your query brings up a video, Google will now show you a silent six-second clip to help you decide if it's actually a video you want to see.
This will work for the vast majority of videos on the web today ? including, but not limited to, YouTube. Reportedly, any video on the web is eligible for inclusion, though Google may not have a preview for some of the newest videos available yet because it takes the servers a bit of time to build the previews.
Video is no doubt getting more and more popular but it's not always the most convenient way to get information. A thumbnail isn't going to give you a lot of information about what the actual video is going to look like, after all.
Ideally, Google's new feature will remove at least some of this ambiguity so you know that you won't be wasting time on some irrelevant video when you're looking for the real thing.
Google decided to use some of its machine learning smarts to enable this feature. That's because the first six seconds of any given video aren't usually the most representative ones. So Google's algorithm actually analyzes the whole video and then decides which six-second clip to pick.
For now, this feature is only available on mobile, both through the Google app and in Chrome. It's not available on the desktop yet.