It was back in September when we first heard that Facebook was silently testing autoplay feature for native videos. Now the world’s largest social network is rolling out the feature on mobile. Native Facebook videos will now autoplay on mobile devices, a move that’s aimed at increasing interaction with videos uploaded to Facebook. Since the videos will automatically play in-line as users scroll, they won’t be locked behind a play button as before. Users won’t have to stop scrolling if a video catches their eye and tap on the play button to watch that particular video.
As previously mentioned, the feature is only limited to native videos, meaning those uploaded to Facebook itself or Instagram. Videos uploaded to third party websites, such as YouTube, will be locked behind the play button as before and won’t play automatically. Videos playing in-line will be muted so even if the user doesn’t want to watch a video, they can keep scrolling through without getting bothered by the sound. The sound will only be activated once the user taps a video in-line, which will then expand and unmute itself. Facebook says that the feature has already been rolled out internationally to iOS and Android users, it expects that all users will have the autoplay feature in the next couple of days.
Much has already been written about the patent trials that Apple and Samsung are involved in. Both companies have feverishly pursued litigation against each other in various countries around the world, burning millions of dollars in legal fees in the process. Recently, Apple scored another win against Samsung when a jury ruled that the Korean company owes an additional $290 million to Apple for infringing on its patents, bringing the total outstanding damages up to $929 million. Apple has now filed a motion seeking a ruling from the court that compels Samsung to pay a portion of its legal fees that it has paid during the patent trial.
In the motion filed with the United States District Court Northern District of California, Apple says that it has paid over $60 million in legal fees in the patent trial against Samsung. Therefore, it wants Samsung to reimburse $15.7 million, a portion of that $60 million it has already spent. Add this figure to the already $929 million outstanding the Korean company has to pay, and against that figure, $15.7 million seems like peanuts. Its certainly not unusual to see a victorious party filing a motion for reimbursement of legal fees, there’s ample precedent out there for Apple to support its motion with. However, its up to the court to decide if Samsung should pay up or not.