YouTube video thumbnail previews now released on Desktop

The launches and updates to the existing ones are going to be never ending cycle. Now, video thumbnail previews are being rolled out by YouTube to its desktop site. As suggested by the name, the feature will display video previews to the users when they hang the cursor above the thumbnail. It will be 3 second long previews and will be selected automatically from the video’s first half with designers having no hand in selecting which clip is presented to the users.

Obviously, there are numerous advantages of this feature; onlookers can get a sight of the video to choose if they want to see it or not. And this would help in saving time and the data used while viewing something that they were not eyeing for as well.The Google-owned service also mentioned that the new YouTube video thumbnail feature will be rolled out for all. Further, it also clarified that the new feature will function only on Chromium-based browsers, such as Firefox and Chrome. So, you are out of luck if you are using Edge or Safari.

The company said it has been validating this feature since last few months. So, many of you might have seen the new video thumbnail previews feature of YouTube prior to the worldwide release. As mentioned before, the creators, for now, will not be able to change or select the preview presented to the users.This last bit will assist to make sure that the users are not deceived by creators who frequently put thumbnails that misrepresent the video’s content.

On asking about the length of the preview, the company said, “We sought to share a small preview without ruining too much of the video.” Remarkably, YouTube had introduced a video preview feature for analogous data saving motives in its app—YouTube Go—developed explicitly for India allowing users to choose if they wish to watch a video before opening and streaming it actually.

So, are you the one who can see this new video thumbnail preview feature? If yes, then feel free to share your views it as well as its pros and cons.

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