YouTube Android Now Allows Minimizing Of Videos While Browsing And Searching [Updates]

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Google has been rolling out some major changes to its YouTube app lately, and it looks like the Android version of the app has received a useful – albeit comparatively minor – change to its interface. In short, this significant change will allow users to minimize videos while they browse or search while in-app.

In the past, Android’s YouTube users absolutely had to stop the video whenever searching and browsing, limiting the otherwise fluid nature of the app.

The new version of the Android YouTube app will minimize the video to the lower-right screen of your phone and continue to play. This adds a seamless touch to the software.

Of course, this is just the highlight of the new release of the app. The app also now allows for easier discovery of playlists on channels and the ability to watch collections back-to-back. Other than that, the “picture-in-picture” feature is the only shining star of the update.

It’s obvious that this feature will integrate with the recently released Chromecast. For instance, users can see a preview screen on their device while a video is playing via Chromecast (or on a Smart TV).


As a final note, this update has only been confirmed for Android. At this time, there has been no mention of this feature being released for iOS.

This update is expected to be released on Android devices relatively soon. Those of you who are itching to get a look at it now can download the APK from Android Police.

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What do you think of this new feature for the YouTube app for Android? Do you believe it will be useful? On the other hand, do you think it’s just fluff?

Sources: Android Police via TechCrunch

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Pooky J

And it’s still not written in HTML5, isn’t it? Yet, Google demanded Microsoft to write the YouTube app for WP in HTML5.


Arron W

It’s pretty pro, was really odd at first – thought it was just an ad, but then the video rolled on. Works a charm



Bad update. Who need to view additional video during search? What is the reason?
Minimized frame remains on the screen after palyback is finished.
You can not navigate the video forward/backward in fullscreen mode.



I Like The New Youtube Update But I Can’t Seem To Copy The Url So I Can Download The Music .. If You Can Change That It Would Really Be Helpfull..


Me neither





Cool here


Gary S Norton

Great update.



How do you copy ulr on the updated youtube? I need to, to download music.

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