YouTube is currently testing a new video comment feature that will do away with the old comment section. Currently available to a handful of users of the Android users of the app, a future update could provide pop-up windows for video comments, reports Softpedia.
Few users have reported that the new feature being tested by the video streaming site, will appear beneath the “Up next” section usually displaying related videos. Users, according to the report, could view and tap on the videos that they wanted to see after the current one ended.
When you go to the Google Play Store, you will notice that the new feature has been included in the latest YouTube app update. It seems to appear as a server-side update—and probably explains why only a few users have been able to access it.
Reading comments seems to be faster with the new experimental feature, and only displays comments to users who want to read them. It also comes with an icon for enabling comments as a counter on top, and states the actual number of comments posted for a specific video.
Global launch could be sooner than expected, especially since the feature is already being used by a few people and also appear as a server-side update on the Google Play Store.
While it doesn’t feel like a major update or one to make users go crazy, I still think it’s not a bad addition. At least it eliminates the fact that one has to scroll down to see the number of people that have posted comments about a particular video.
Last month, Google launched an easy to use app that enables you to connect with friends, but not before you have signed in with your Google account. Called Uptime, the new app enables you to connect with your friends and watch YouTube videos together in real-time. It features avatars that moves around the outside of the frame to show your progress.
As soon as you log in with your Google account, you are greeted with a short introductory video that explains how Uptime works. If there are other people watching a particular video with you, you will see their icons moving along with you. This only reminds me of Facebook Live videos that lets you react to what you are seeing on the screen.
From the look of things, Uptime is an app that offers a lot of potentials. Having an app that lets you share your favorite videos with friends is something that might excite a lot of users.
Plans are already being made by the video streaming website to get rid of non-skippable video ads. YouTube will now focus on the six-second ads format, which could be regarded as more suitable to consumers. It’s shorter and consumers don’t have to wait for 30 seconds to watch a video on the video streaming site. It’s a different ball game if advertisers though; but if consumers don’t have too many grounds to complain, then it’s kudos to YouTube.