Facebook is testing the waters with a new "Instant Videos" feature

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Facebook has apparently begun testing a feature that would make it easier to watch videos on the go.

At this point it seems like only a limited number of users, likely Android developers, are seeing this feature right now.

Instant Videos could help Facebook skirt spotty cellular networks.

Facebook began as a long range social media platform, yet it has advanced an extraordinary arrangement from that point forward, as individuals are now utilizing it to share music, work, and other substance.

Mr Navara tweeted: 'Facebook Instant videos coming soon?' along with a screenshot of the feature. While it has clear benefits, Instant Videos isn't without a big caveat though.

With pre-loaded videos, Facebook aims to offer a better and seamless experience. The company, in the recent years, has been investing its time and money in video, and Instant Videos looks to target users in the developing markets, where data usage is still a calculated thing. It's unlikely Facebook will be caching YouTube videos, for example. Having the videos already there means watching them won't eat into a user's data plan. Similar to the instant articles, these instant videos on the Facebook Android app would also come with a lightning icon, letting you know they are different from other videos. There's still no indication as to when or if this feature will roll out widely. Recently, it launched the Watch Tab where users can watch original content crated by certain people, especially for Facebook.

The feature might not work on phones without extra storage to spare, however. The video service will be available to a limited group of people in the USA and the company plans to bring the experience to more people soon. Whether this is a feature one could simply choose to opt out or not also remains to be determined.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Instant Articles, it was introduced by the social media giant in 2015 with the objective of speeding up the load time of articles by up to 10 times which would increase user engagement on mobile devices.

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