Google Photos Introduces Live Video Previews for Android!

It wasn’t long ago when the non-Android Q devices started receiving the Google Photos dark theme. Now, another feature has been rolled out to Google Photos for Android and that is the live video preview. The feature can be checked out in the main “Photos” tab.

According to 9to5Google, videos in the Photos tab are presented with a white play icon located at the top-right corner of the clip thumbnails. With Google Photos 4.20 finally rolling out last week, users will now be able to preview videos as they continue to scroll through the Photos tab.

When a video is encountered while scrolling through the Photos feed, the video will start playing without audio. This will continue until the video exits the view. In case you stop scrolling through the feed and the video finishes, it will restart. Moreover, video clips placed side-by-side will be previewed by Google Photos in reverse chronological order.



What’s even more interesting is that these live previews can be enjoyed both in the square “Month view” as well as the comparatively larger “Comfortable view”.
The main advantage of this feature is that it will save users the need of opening and loading an entire video. It should also be noted that live previews are not limited to just local content and media files backed up to the cloud from other devices will also have this feature available. The only limitation is that Live Video Preview, as of now, is only available in the main Photos tab and not in album or other media-saving directories.


iOS client has yet to receive the feature. As for desktop users, they can hover over the video to preview it and Android users will have the videos auto-played for them. As mentioned above, the live preview feature came along with Google Photos 4.20.

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