Google has added a new update to its Gmail service which will make watching video attachments easier and more convenient for users.
As it stands today, video attachments in Gmail (for web) have to be downloaded first and then they can be opened using a media player. This is not the most convenient way to watch videos. When you have links from YouTube for instance, you can directly stream from your Gmail account.
Google wants to use this technology for all the videos that are shared in Gmail.
Now, when you see the thumbnail of the video, clicking on it will let you start streaming it. You will no longer need to separately download it and see it. Emails with video attachments, will show a thumbnail and you'll be able to stream it from inside Gmail.
This uses the same infrastructure as is used for YouTube or Google Drive, so that video is delivered at an optimum quality.
The feature will be available to Gmail web users in the next fortnight. There is no idea if the feature will be seen on the mobile Gmail app as well.
Earlier this month, Google announced in a blog post that it is increasing the attachment limit of Gmail up from 25MB to 50MB. However, one important thing to note here is that the increased limit is only reflected while receiving emails. Gmail users can now receive emails of up to 50MB directly while the sending limit is still fixed at 25MB.