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Teardown of updated YouTube for Android reveals new feature for older versions of the OS

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Teardown of updated YouTube for Android reveals new feature for older versions of the OS
A teardown by Ron Amadeo of the latest YouTube app for Android , gives away a secret about an upcoming feature. A subtitle configuration tool was spotted. This will allow users to control text size, color, font, background color, and drop shadow on subtitles. Considering that Android 4.4 already has this feature built into the OS (under the "accessibility" option), those sporting an Android handset running Android 4.3 or lower will be able to customize the subtitles.

At the same time, Google also pulled some stuff out of the app. Offline video playback, a music pass and background music playback were no longer found in the teardown. This doesn't necessarily mean that the features aren't coming, but could merely mean that the folks at Mountain View don't want to give away future features for YouTube. Amadeo suggests that this was Google's subtle way of acknowledging that it knows all about the teardowns and is trying to stop them from revealing any nuggets.

There have been high hopes for a YouTube music platform and for offline video play. We can't imagine that Google would really drop these now. And don't forget Android users, to update your YouTube app from the Google Play Store.

Background image for the subtitle configuration tool

Background image for the subtitle configuration tool


source: +RonAmadeo via AndroidAuthority

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posted on 17 Jan 2014, 23:48 6

1. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5075; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Offline video playback? Wao, that's freaking awesome. Bring it on!

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 01:23

2. mad_bro (Posts: 17; Member since: 05 Dec 2013)


you mad bro?

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 01:28 4

3. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5075; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Yes, you are.

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 02:13 1

4. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 628; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


What he means is that offline video has been available in Youtube for a while now..

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 02:29

5. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5075; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I didn't see the offline video playback.

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 20:47

11. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 628; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


See the preload option in you tube..

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 03:21

6. __0__ (Posts: 225; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


It is ???

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 05:22 2

7. ihavenoname (Posts: 1281; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Where is it? I know that it's coming/it exists, but I don't find it from app.

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 02:52

12. __0__ (Posts: 225; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


I think it depends on region

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 11:47

10. elitewolverine (Posts: 1200; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


had this for awhile now on windows phone, was this not yet available for droid before kitkat? Though I do use metrotube and not official app. I don't really use it, never really not connected to data included on my note 3 so never really thought of offline playback.

posted on 18 Jan 2014, 10:15

9. Killertech2099 (Posts: 138; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


I thought they have apps that have video playback for youtube? Maybe it's just within youtube it's self

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