Facebook testing instant videos for Android app

Facebook testing instant videos for Android app

Facebook testing instant videos for Android app

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Social media company Facebook is testing its all new pre-loaded "Instant Video" feature with a small number of Android users.

The feature, known as "Instant Videos", downloads videos while on a Wi-Fi connection and later allowing them to watch when on-the-go, or whenever they're without mobile data connection.

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In addition, having videos download in the background might make users more prone to watching videos on Facebook due to the fact that they aren't using their mobile data.

A lightning icon indicates that a video is an offline-viewable Instant Video.

Facebook has been ramping up to compete with its rivals and in a recent development, the company has reportedly agreed to shell out a whopping $1 billion to become a major hub for videos. The feature will let mobile users watch Facebook videos when network conditions are appalling.

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The feature is somewhat similar to YouTube's offline videos, with the exception of Facebook downloading the videos automatically instead of manual initiation in case of YouTube.

Instant Videos appear to serve a few different purposes.

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