YouTube is working on bringing new features to users of its Android application and a future update could provide pop-up windows for video comments. The feature is currently experimental and is live only for a limited number of people.
The new YouTube feature appears to have been included in the latest YouTube app update in the Google Play Store, and it seems to be a server-side update, since only a few users can access it. Still, it means that Google intends to bring the feature to all YouTube users in the near future.
The change eliminates YouTube’s old comments section, which was accessible underneath the “Up next” area that displayed related videos. Users could check out and tap on the videos that they wanted to see after the current one ended.
Now, there are few videos to scroll through on each page and comments must first be activated to show up. In addition, YouTube placed the icon for displaying comments underneath each video in the app, between the dislike and share button. When users tap on the icon, comments appear above the “Up next” section, while another tap hides them completely.
The new method of reading comments is certainly faster and it only displays comments to users who actually want to read them. In addition, the icon for enabling comments has a counter on top, stating how many comments were posted for that specific video.
At this point, there’s no word as to when the new feature will arrive to YouTube’s Android app, but since it already rolled out to some users, not much time will pass until it sees a global launch. Perhaps the next YouTube update would also include the new animations for video loading that were spotted earlier this month.
Aside from this, YouTube came to the aid of content creators recently and announced a new feature that would allow them to crowdsource translations for titles and descriptions.