After increasing the attachment size limit from 25Mb to 50Mb earlier this month, Gmail has announced an update that will allow you to stream video attachments from within Gmail. No need to download video attachments as before.
This will help you skim through the video before deciding whether to download it or not.
Usually, you had to download the entire video attachment before you can view its contents. Now the video attachment show up as a thumbnail with an image from one of the frames of the video. When you click on it, the video will start playing in a YouTube like player. Users will be able to adjust the video quality, playback, speed and volume. You can also stream the video to a Chromecast if you want.
According to Google’s announcement,
Previously, in order to view a video attachment in Gmail, you would have to download it to your computer and open it with a media player. Starting today, when opening an email with video attachments, you will see a thumbnail of the video and have the ability to stream it, right from inside Gmail
However, the video attachment file needs to be within 50Mb else it will be uploaded to GDrive, which also supports video streaming anyway. In spite of the size limit, it’s quite handy for sharing smartphone videos with your friends & family.
Google said that the update will roll out to Gmail over the next 15 days or so.