Baheti further says, “Starting today and rolling out more widely next week, on the Google app for Android and Chrome on Android, when video results show up in the video carousel, just like text snippets for text results, you’ll see video previews. So whether you’re trying to learn some new salsa dance steps or you’re stuck on the side of the road trying to change a flat tire, and need a video that uses the tools you have on hand, you now have access to video previews directly in search results, giving you a better idea of what you’re about to watch before you tap.”
Not only does this help users better finds relevant content, but it could have the added benefit of fighting click-bait. Quite often, dishonest YouTube creators post a misleading title for their video, essentially fooling a user into clicking on it. The creator can generate revenue from this.
These click-baiters will not get paid, however, for these video previews. Hopefully users will leverage this new feature to avoid rewarding these dishonest people. That is, if the preview shows enough to inform the user that it is essentially garbage.
If you are worried about this feature impacting mobile data usage, don’t. By default, the video previews will only load when connected to Wi-Fi. If you don’t mind using up extra data, because maybe you have an unlimited plan, for instance, you can enable previews over cellular in settings.
Do you like seeing these previews in search results or will the movement prove distracting? Tell me in the comments below.