Facebook starts to make videos available on iPad & iPhone?

Initially thought to be Facebook supporting HTML5, allowing Facebook videos to be played on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, has turned out not to be the case. ReadWriteWeb now understands that Facebook detects when a user arrives at the website via Safari on the iPad. 

Instead of then playing the video within the page (which would have indicated HTML5 implementation) the video is linked out and plays full-screen within the browser. The video which is being played is in the MP4 format which is supported by Apple devices. 

ReadWriteWeb confirmed this after uploading a WMV file to Facebook and it was played back as an MP4 file when viewed on an iPad. It was also noted this has only just begun to be implemented so not all videos being uploaded at the moment are being converted to the MP4 format.

The article only referred to the videos working on Facebook on the iPad within the Safari browser. Facebook is yet to comment on the changes or whether a full roll out of HTML5 is to be expected. 

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Microsoft licenses patent portfolio to HTC Android phones

Next Story

Hugo Chavez joins Twitter

11 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

Why dont they just make the iPad .AVI compatibal. Itll end all the hassel of converting the videos, or making everything mobile.

DaSheet said,
Why dont they just make the iPad .AVI compatibal. Itll end all the hassel of converting the videos, or making everything mobile.

AVI is a container. MP4 is a container. Both can handle different audio and video codecs, but MP4 is clearly the successor and has proper H.264 support

This doesn't signal the end of Flash but it's nice to see large sites embracing HTML5. Still years away from seeing it as the standard, but without Apple's iDevices there wouldn't be this surge toward it now. If I were Adobe, I'd work on making Flash much better for the Mac and mobile devices.

asdavis10 said,
This doesn't signal the end of Flash but it's nice to see large sites embracing HTML5. Still years away from seeing it as the standard, but without Apple's iDevices there wouldn't be this surge toward it now. If I were Adobe, I'd work on making Flash much better for the Mac and mobile devices.

But Facebook isn't use HTML 5, they're just serving the videos in a format which the iPad supports.

asdavis10 said,
This doesn't signal the end of Flash but it's nice to see large sites embracing HTML5. Still years away from seeing it as the standard, but without Apple's iDevices there wouldn't be this surge toward it now. If I were Adobe, I'd work on making Flash much better for the Mac and mobile devices.

+1 for not even reading the article.....

chrispinto said,
Now they just need to add support into the facebook app
They already have...sortof, when you click a video in the Facebook app it opens it in the in app browser and then clicking that opens it in the YouTube app and plays....I admit it's not the most elegant solution but it does work and is better then the message you normally get that says videos don't work on iPhone/iPod touch (this is using iPod touch 3G).