It looks like Google search results are about to get annoying. If you hate videos that autoplay anyway. I know I’m not a fan. It looks like Google is testing out autoplaying videos in search results now.
According to a report, Google is autoplaying videos in search results that bring up a video in the knowledge panel on the right side of the results. The video is played automatically when the search results page is loaded. I don’t know about you, but I have zero interest in this.
You can search for some movies and possibly even TV shows in Google right now and a relevant video that pops up within the knowledge panel will start playing on its own when the results page is loaded. The video is played with the sound turned off by default. The user has to click on the video for the audio to be enabled. The videos are not replayed so they autoplay just once. At least there is that.
The test appears to be limited to desktop users for the moment. The videos also appear in the knowledge panel on mobile but require a tap to play.
A spokesperson for the company has confirmed that this functionality is being tested, but who knows if this will stay or go.