YouTube for Android is rolling out a more powerful voice search for everyone. When the version of the app is rolled out on your device, a prompt note with an inscription saying “New ways to search with your voice!” will pop up—but this will only appear when initiate a query. When you tap the microphone icon in the top-right corner, a full screen interface that respects your dark more will load.
9to5google reports that a big button at the bottom will pulsate as you speak to YouTube. There is also a close button in the top-left corner that allows you to terminate the process of return with system navigation. Your query will appear briefly as a transcription before the app completes your action.
One unique thing about the new YouTube voice search is that it lets you navigate to different parts of the app directly. For instance, “show me trending videos” will take you to the Trending tab. This is different from what we had in the past where a similar voice command would perform the same task with the same phrase verbatim.
While voice search is designed to simplify the process of looking up videos without the use of your traditional keyboard, it can also be very helpful when it comes to navigating into other parts of the YouTube app for Android.
Google last month, gradually started rolling out Autoplay as default iOS and Android—an update that will most certainly gladden the hearts of creators on the video-streaming site.
Autoplay on home is a feature those on YouTube Premium are already used to, and very soon everyone across the video streaming app on iOS and Android will be able to access it. For the records, this update is different from one many users have been clamoring for, but one that creators will certainly love. Autoplay on home is a default on the iOS and Android versions of the app that will automatically start playing videos you see on your Home tab. You will have the option of either disabling it or only keep it when your device is connected to Wi-Fi.
Google said the update was borne out popular demands from users who said they wanted easier ways to preview videos and watch YouTube videos on the go. The company said the feature has been hugely successful for over a year for YouTube Premium members on its app for Android. Apparently, its optimism was borne out of the positive outcome it recorded in the last one year on Premium.
Autoplay provides creators with a big opportunity to connect with their audience because more people will now have access to their content.
“This feature has been available for over half a year for YouTube Premium members on Android, and we’ve seen great results. Previewing videos helps you make more informed decisions about whether you want to watch a video, leading to longer engagement with videos you choose to watch!” Google said in a blog post last month.