Google is bringing one more – minor but significant – update for Gmail. After adding the ability to send and receive money through Gmail, users can now also stream video attachments on the web, without downloading the video.
Initially, users had to first download the video to view the content, but not any more. Google now allows users to stream them right within its email service and users may decide to download or not henceforth.
“Today, we’re rolling out a quality of life improvement to Gmail desktop users that makes previewing video attachments in Gmail much smoother and quicker,” Google wrote in a blog post.
With the latest update, video attachments in emails will include a thumbnail from the clip. Tap the play button to stream the video right from the web without first needing to download it. Moreover, one doesn’t even need to use a native app to play files.
This video player pops up like an overlay over your emails and even allows users to adjust quality and sound levels for the attachment. It is streamed at optimal quality and availability by default. “The feature uses the same infrastructure that powers YouTube, Google Drive, and other video streaming apps,” Google said.
The company will roll out the feature gradually in next 15 days to all Gmail users.