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

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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11 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

2. mad_bro

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 05, 2013

you mad bro?

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Yes, you are.

4. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 883; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

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

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I didn't see the offline video playback.

11. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 883; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

See the preload option in you tube..

6. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

It is ???

7. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

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

12. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I think it depends on region

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 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.

9. Killertech2099

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 28, 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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