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tuesday27 Oct 2020

YouTube’s Mobile App Gets New Gestures and Playback Controls

YouTube is updating its mobile apps with a few new features that should make viewing and controlling videos a bit easier, with new gestures, updated player controls, and additional features. New features include

  • there’s a new list view for video chapters that shows all the chapters for the video, including a preview thumbnail
  • gesture to enable or disable full-screen video: instead of tapping the button (or rotating your phone), you’ll now be able to swipe up on the video window to enter full-screen and swipe down to return back to the standard player page.
  • a new closed-caption toggle that appears directly on the overlay menu, along with the toggle to turn on or off autoplay video.
  • you can also tap on the timestamp of a video to switch between viewing how much time has elapsed in a video and how much time there is left.
  • suggested actions — small prompts that will recommend that users rotate their phones (perhaps using that new full-screen gesture mentioned earlier) or use a VR headset for a better experience watching a video. YouTube says that it’ll be working on adding more suggested actions in the future, too.
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