According to some reports, Gmail adds video attachment streaming preview to its desktop app. The company calls it a ‘quality of life improvement’ for its email service on desktop that lets users view the contents of a video attachment, eliminating the need to actually download it.
Hot on the heels of its launch of Family Link app for Android yesterday, Google is back yet another amendment in its Gmail desktop app. The new feature aims to make it easier to check out the contents of a video attached to a mail, allowing you to stream preview directly within the email. Users are able to view the video’s thumbnail and stream the video attachment preview right in their browser window.
As per the official G Suite blog, Gmail adds video attachment streaming preview by utilizing the same framework that empowers Google Drive, YouTube, and other video streaming apps, so that a video is delivered at optimal quality and availability. If you encounter any issues while streaming online videos on mobile, you can convert them into a suitable format by using our Top 10 Free Online Video Converters of 2017.
For now, the feature will be restricted to Google’s somewhat heavy-handed 50 MB size limit on attachments; however, you can always work around by uploading large-size files to Google Drive.
Attached videos can still be downloaded, but clicking on a file will now launch a YouTube-style video player. The player will allow Gmail video attachment streaming by playing the clip back and adjusting sound levels and quality. You can even stream your videos to a Chromecast device.
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The video attachments preview feature on Gmail is rolling out today, but it will make its way to all users within the next 15 days, Google says.