YouTube for Android revamp brings picture-in-picture viewing
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is rolling out a significant YouTube for Android update introducing picture-in-picture functionality alongside an updated user interface, improved playlist support and TV queue options.
The new YouTube for Android 5.0, available for download from the Google Play storefront, adds in-app multitasking that lets viewers minimize the video they're viewing to a small thumbnail at the bottom right of the device screen, allowing them to continue browsing through the app's video library. Swiping up restores the thumbnail video to full size, and swiping left or right closes the clip.
The revamped YouTube for Android also brings a new card-based UI recalling Android's Google Now personal assistant service, slide-out navigation, playlist search and deeper integration with the Cast button, allowing viewers to queue up clips for subsequent viewing.
A Google spokesperson told The Next Web that the YouTube update will expand to all platforms in the near future.
YouTube now has more than 1 billion users worldwide and is the largest source of mobile data traffic across all international markets, accounting for more than 25 percent of total network data in some regions, according to broadband equipment vendor Sandvine.
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