Google has launched an update for its YouTube app on Android and iOS, allowing users to browse and search for other videos while still watching one. You can keep the video playing in the corner while interacting with the interface.
“With today’s updates, you have even more ways to watch with the latest YouTube apps for Android and iOS. With the swipe of a finger, you can watch a video at the bottom of your screen while you keep exploring,” a YouTube spokesperson tells WebProNews. “You can also search for playlists on mobile and watch great collections of back to back videos. To wrap it all together we gave the updated YouTube apps a cleaner, simpler look that you’ll see in other apps from Google.”
“Think about it this way–you can watch a video about making the perfect fried chicken while searching for homemade salted caramel sauce recipes,” YouTube says in a blog post. “You can always go back to full screen with a swipe up so you never lose your place, or swipe right or left to dismiss the video. Just try to not drop your phone in the sauce.”
As far as playlists and back-to-back videos, it will be nice to be able to watch more than one without pause.
The app also adds a new preview screen for connected devices with options to play the video or to queue it up to watch it next.