If you use Google Chrome you’re going to be really pleased with this new update

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A new update to Google Chrome will put an end to one of the most annoying things on the internet.

Google has announced that Chrome will mute the audio on videos and video ads which play automatically when you visit a website.

The new feature will be available from January 2018 in Chrome 64 and can be used by both desktop and mobile users.

However, rather than muting all video, the new feature is smart in that it only mutes audio on videos which Google thinks you have no interest in.

Mounir Lamouri, a software engineer at Google, explained the new feature in a blog post.

“Users watch and listen to a lot of media, and autoplay can make it faster and easier to consume on the web, he said.

“However, one of the most frequent user concerns is unexpected media playback, which can use data, consume power, and make unwanted noise while browsing.

“To address this, Chrome will be making autoplay more consistent with user expectations and will give users more control over audio.

“Starting in Chrome 64, autoplay will be allowed when either the media won’t play sound, or the user has indicated an interest in the media.

“This will allow autoplay to occur when users want media to play, and respect users’ wishes when they don’t.

“These changes will also unify desktop and mobile web behaviour, making web media development more predictable across platforms and browsers.”

The new feature won’t affect you watching say Netflix or YouTube in Google Chrome.

Last month Google announced a new tool for Google Chrome that lets users mute websites that play videos with sounds.

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