Google’s New YouTube App For Android Makes It Possible To Watch Videos Back-To-Back

youtube-logoGoogle is rolling out a new version of the YouTube App for Android today that includes a number of updated features. According to AndroidPolice.com, it is, “The biggest redesign the app has seen yet.”

TechCrunch reports that the “highlight” of the new version is the ability to minimize the screen for a “picture-in-picture” effect. The app now moves videos to the bottom-right corner of the screen so that users can continue watching a video while they browse channels or perform searches, making it possible to watch videos back-to-back. No longer having to stop a video before finding a new video to watch, users can return to full-screen mode once a video has been minimized or swipe right or left to dismiss the video.

AndroidPolice.com listed a number of details around the newly updated app, including a new icon, quick access to history, favorites, playlists, uploads, and a “watch later” option now in the slide-out menu. Users will also see a new  TV Queue user-interface, and a fully-functional landscape tablet user-interface. The Android-focused site says that the HD and CC toggles have been relocated from the bottom left edge of the video to the menu, while the Google+ +1 Recommend button appears to have been removed from videos.

“With the recent launch of Google Chromecast,” writes TechCruch reporter Frederic Lardinois, “It’s no surprise that the company has added deeper integration with the new YouTube app.”

While the updates are currently rolling out for Android only, a Google rep told TechCrunch that the new app will be available soon for all platforms, including iOS.

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Update: Google’s announcement on the YouTube Official Blog confirmed that the new version of the YouTube app is available for iOS.

Related Topics: Channel: Consumer | Google: Android | Google: YouTube | Top News

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  • Egil Sandnes

    So, where is the progress bar?

  • dan110024

    I really hope I’m wrong, but maybe they purposely left it out to force you to watch complete videos. Again, I really hope I’m wrong and there’s a simple explanation.

    Edit: found it, it’s there in vertical mode. I’m not one to complain and welcome positive change, but that is the stupidest thing ever.

  • dylan

    I hate the tv queue I don’t have a tv to setbup and want to disable it how do I do it

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