Watch While You Tweet: Twitter Now Features Dockable Videos on Mobile

/ Oct 27, 2014

Twitter video will now autoplay

Following the release of the Twitter Audio Card last week, the social network is now bringing a similar video feature to both iOS and Android devices, according to TechCrunch. The Twitter Player lets users view a video while continuing to browse through the app.

Of course, such dockable videos are tiny (they’re playing on your cell phone with enough room left for you to keep tweeting), but you can choose to pull them up in full screen at any time as they play. This requires tapping the docked video, which otherwise sits in the bottom, right corner of your mobile screen.

Twitter’s audio feature, for which the company partnered with SoundCloud and iTunes, perhaps makes more sense as a dockable feature on the app. However, if you think about the size of many Androids, tablets, and the iPhone 6 Plus, dockable Twitter videos don’t have to be unbearably small.

That said, right now there seems to be very little ways the feature could be useful, as Twitter remains a place to market and distribute short-form video content.

The application of this feature could become more interesting if Twitter ever brings long-form content to the network, allowing users to essentially choose when to watch a video and when to curb it while browsing. But that’s a big if, and one that isn’t likely to happen anytime soon.

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