There is a new section on YouTube serving breaking news videos around the world. Android Police reports that several users have spotted the latest update, which seems to suggest that it’s not a small test, and one that has probably come to stay. The section is live across all YouTube platform including Android, iOS, and desktop.
Sounds like one section some users would love, but there is an option to turn it off should you not like it. You can turn it off by hitting the “x” on desktop or the “Not interested” button in the three-dot menu on mobile—and you will no longer see the section on your version of the service.
For now, YouTube seems to be sourcing its news from traditional networks, but what will be most interesting is how people react to the new section. Hopefully for the company, it had succeeded in adding a section that will keep users engaged in conversation. Users probably now have one more platform to discuss current affairs and add their views to any breaking news video they find interesting.
A new feature that enables YouTube to offer mobile messaging service to users was launched earlier this month by Google. The in-app video sharing feature that was earlier available to select market, is now being rolled out to a global audience. With the feature, you will be able to send your friends video and share chat from within a new tab within the mobile app.
YouTube began testing the new feature in Canada last January before deciding it was time to roll it out to everyone earlier in August. The actual test began mid-2016 before the Canada test began. A few changes were however, made to the new feature in relation with the feedback it got from users during the test period.
Users on the platform will be able to send videos to others directly on YouTube using a new button. They will also be able to create group conversations similar to other messaging apps like Facebook, which allows for interactive features, including “giving videos a heart icon to show appreciation.” YouTube wants to keep its users engaged within the app without exiting it or switching between apps.
For this new feature, a brand new tab has now been added to the app by Google to enable you share videos with your friends. You can also show them some of your favorite videos.
Google is currently testing video playback speed control on its YouTube app for Android. Until now, the video playback speed feature was only found on the desktop version of the video-streaming site. Millions of users all over the world have been able to use the feature on the desktop version, but will now be excited to learn that similar feature is being extended to the Android version of the app. With video playback speed control, you will be able to play faster or slower than the default speed.