Google has introduced short video previews to search results. Now, when you search for a video using Google Search, you get a six-second preview of the results for that video before you click further. Before now, the six-second video format was mainly spotted in form of ads. Currently, it appears that any video on the internet can be included in the six-second preview. Google states that videos from other video hosts other than itself should also be available for this feature. Furthermore, this feature is only available on mobile.
Right now, the six-second preview feature is launching on Android first. You can find this feature in both Google Chrome and other Google apps. For the time being, English is the only language supported, although Google says that other languages should be added later as the feature gets rolled out worldwide. Also, the feature is expected to reach iOS devices soon.
To make the six-second preview more useful to the consumer, and to prevent the six-second preview from being just random parts of the video, Google makes use of machine learning. The video to be featured is first analyzed thoroughly, then six seconds of it, which are most representative, are selected for the preview. Hopefully, this will help users find what they are searching for more effectively.
It is worth noting that this feature will only work if you are connected to a Wi-Fi network, as it consumes a lot of data. After all, you are basically watching videos, even if they are six seconds long. But then, if you want to, you can enable six-second previews on mobile networks. You can also opt out from viewing the previews altogether. All you need to do is open the Google Chrome app for Android, or the Google app itself, and tap on Settings. There you will be able to disable video previews