New YouTube app for iOS, Android gains multitasking and playlist searching

By on August 20, 2013, 5:30 PM

Fresh from crushing the hopes for an officially supported YouTube app on Windows Phone, Google is rubbing some salt in Microsoft’s wounds by announcing a major update to its iOS and Android clients. Among the new features available on both platforms is a picture-in-picture mode that allows you to minimize a video but keep it running as you look for something else, as well as support for continuous playback of playlists.

The first of these allows you to move a running video to the bottom right corner of your screen with the swipe of a finger. From there, you can keep exploring YouTube for other videos, and when you are done you can either dismiss the minimized video by swiping to the side or bring it back to full screen mode with a swipe up. Describing the benefits of such a feature, Google says now “you can watch a video about making the perfect fried chicken while searching for homemade salted caramel sauce recipes.”

In addition to multitasking you can now search and browse channels for playlists, and watch collections of back-to-back videos -- something that had been notably missing from the mobile client.

The update also includes extended support for streaming content to connected TVs and devices, including Google’s own Chromebox. Specifically, whenever you are connected to one these devices, tapping on a video will trigger a preview screen with options to play the video to queue it up to watch next.

To wrap it all together the update brings a cleaner, simpler look consistent with other apps from Google.

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wastedkill said:

So does this mean the android youtube app works like a app should now? as in=

1. Being able to press the screen off button so I can listen to stuff without having to have my screen on constantly then it bugging out on me because its in my pocket.. really annoying

2. The app going along with your screen rotation settings as in once screen rotation disabled it doesnt auto screen rotate which goes against the setting....

3. Ability to play all my favorites instead of one at a time... pathetic if you ask me playlists work but favorites dont o.O

Tbh google did a extremely poor job on the youtube app for android my S3 is wanting to kill the person who was project manager for the android youtube app.

davislane1 davislane1 said:

Been testing out the iOS version tonight. Overall it's a great improvement over the outgoing app, but the gesture commands could use a little more calibration.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Well that's as useful as tits on a bull. How do you fully concentrate on multiple things at once?

Guest said:

Been testing it out on my Android Jelly Bean, but I couldn't figure out how to make the progress bar appear while viewing in full screen. The new Picture in Picture is cool, but pointless if they make important features we already know and depend on harder to reach. I hope it's some sort of bug that gets fixed in an upcoming update.

Guest said:

"Chromebox"? You mean Chromecast, right?

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