Google is bringing video previews to search results on mobile

Nuttapol Sn/ShutterstockThe new feature will work with search results on the iPhone, too.

Google is bringing video previews to search results on mobile, according to a report by TechCrunch.

Whenever a relevant search result includes a video, the search engine will show a six-second long, silent preview generated by artificial intelligence.

The feature will work inside iOS and Android’s Chrome mobile browser as well as the dedicated Google app, and show results from YouTube as well as other video players.

Google’s director of product for the project, Emily Moxley, told TechCrunch that “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.”

It’s important to note that Google will not show the first six seconds of a video; rather, its machine learning algorithm will analyse the entire video and then select a clip that it deems to be relevant.

By default, previews will only show up if the user is connected to WiFi, but Google does include an option to have the new feature working under mobile networks, too.

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