Google partially rolls back Chrome 66's autoplay changes

Google Chrome Autoplay Policy Delayed After It Breaks Some Games Web Apps

The new autoplay rules blocked audio that played on its own as soon as the user opened a website, however, this change broke countless online games and apps that used autoplaying content for legitimate purposes.

The autoplay-video blocker is created to fix one of the greatest problems of the Internet: autoplaying videos on websites.

Google has partially rolled back Chrome's blocking of autoplaying video with sound after it was found to break a large collection of web apps and games.

Google has rolled back an update for its Chrome browser after concerns from game developers. One of this release's features was its ability to block web pages with auto-playing audio. For some HTML5 games, users could re-enable audio by interacting with the game's canvas via a click-to-play interaction.

A good change in theory, the policies have negatively impacted games and other experiences (according to The Verge) that use the Web Audio API. Broadly, the new policies only let muted or media that does not feature audio to begin playing.

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Pallett admitted the company could have done a better job of explaining the impact that the change would have on developers who use the Web Audio API.

"The policy will be reapplied to the Web Audio API in Chrome 70 (October)".

One of Google's project managers for Chrome, John Pallett, said: "We've updated Chrome 66 to temporarily remove the autoplay policy for the Web Audio API". As others have pointed out, this is a non-trivial user interface challenge with a lot of nuances.

Chrome version 66 introduced new rules which would automatically mute autoplaying ads and videos that tend to be quite annoying and often end up pushing users to ad blockers which is not good for both Google and its publishers.

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