Facebook update brings picture-in-picture mode, autoplay sound for videos, and more

Facebook is where many people go to stay up to date on news, keep in touch with friends and family, and also to waste time. One of the easiest ways to do all of those things is by watching videos on Facebook and checking out what’s going viral at that very moment. Now, with a new Facebook update that’s rolling out as we speak, the social network giant is adding a few ‘enhancements’ that will allow users to watch videos more easily.

Currently, when you scroll through Facebook and see a video, you’ll notice the video is muted by default. You can always click on the video to enable the sound, but many folks out there would prefer the sound to kick in right away. With this new Facebook update, videos will now play sound by default, right in the News Feed. Of course, sound won’t be enabled in videos if your phone is on silent, so there’s nothing to worry about there. You can also switch this feature off if you’d like, too. To do so, head to your Settings menu inside the Facebook app, then switch off the Videos in News Feed Start With Sound option.

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That’s not all, though. Facebook is also bringing a few other video enhancements to its mobile apps.

In the Facebook for Android app, vertical videos will now play in a larger, upright format. This will certainly make vertical videos easier to watch on mobile devices.

Facebook is also bringing picture-in-picture mode to its mobile apps! Now when you’re watching a video on Facebook, you can minimize it and keep scrolling through your News Feed. The video will play in the corner of your screen, and you can even drag it around to any corner you’d like. Plus, Android users will be able to keep the video playing when you exit the Facebook app if you need to do something else on your phone.

Finally, Facebook is launching new video apps for the Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Samsung Smart TV. With these new apps, you’ll be able to watch videos shared by friends, by Pages you follow, recommended videos based on your interests, and even the top live videos from around the world.

If you’re interested in any of these new features, be sure to grab the latest Facebook update at the Play Store link below.

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Previous updates

New weather section

February 9: Although it may not be too easy to find, Facebook for Android is gaining a new weather section. You can now check up on the current weather conditions in your area, hourly weather details and a five-day forecast.

Combating fake news

February 1: Facebook has made some behind-the-scene changes designed in part to bring what it calls “authentic news” to the top of your feed. The update will add new signals to the News Feed that will figure out if a post is “authentic”, at least according to Facebook’s algorithms.

Slideshow coming to Android

January 26: A number of Android users have been reporting that Facebook is beginning to roll out the previously iOS-exclusive Slideshow feature to Android devices. In case you’re unfamiliar, Slideshow will turn your photos and videos into themed clips, similar to what the Assistant does in Google Photos.

Live Audio broadcasting

December 21: Facebook has brought its new Live Audio feature to its Android app, for those who want to live-stream events without using video. This new feature should be super helpful for those who want to tell a story on Facebook with only their words and the audio around them.

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