YouTube for Android updated, enables video preloading

YouTube for Android updated, enables video preloading
While there’s been a lot of excitement generated from Google’s I/O conference over the last 24 hours, the YouTube team has cranked out an update that warrants some attention as well.

Version 4.0 of the YouTube app went live today via the Google Play store. For Android 3.2 devices and up the new app introduces a new UI with a guide on the left side of the screen, the ability to preload videos while on Wi-Fi for stutter free playback later, and can turn your phone into a remote when playing YouTube videos on other devices.

You can launch Google Play on your Android device to update your YouTube app for free right now.

source: Google Play



1. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Where's the update for Gingerbread devices? Considering that most Android devices run on Android 2.3.6 you would think that they would at least include those users.

4. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Re-read the article. It's youtube version 4.0 not ICS

6. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

I'm saying where's the Youtube update for devices running Gingerbread, not an update to ICS for Gingerbread.

12. chuckster123

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Notice it says for android devices 3.2 and up. And youtube says VERZION 4.0


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Pretty damn awesome if you ask me.

3. spoks

Posts: 46; Member since: Jun 01, 2012

How to apply the preloading of videos? i try checking the option to preload but when i open the videos it still loads in a normal way and when i went out of the app, when i get back it is still loading as if im openning a new video... is this preloading really working or just a gimmick?... can somebody help me how to do this?. thanks in advance...


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

You have to add them to watch later, be on wifi, and have your phone on the charger. You'll see a green arrow next to the ones that are preloaded. If you have several subscriptions and watch laters it'll make more time to download.

9. spoks

Posts: 46; Member since: Jun 01, 2012

where can i find the watch later option? in the video list and long pressing it?

7. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

an awesome new feature, especially if you have tiered data. o: also i was hoping the 4.0 update to 3.2 powered Tablets would overhaul the app but it doesn't appear to have done so on my Xyboard 8.2.

8. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

i wonder if google has released a list of those "other devices". im curious what they are. id love for the youtube on my xbox to fall into that category...somehow i doubt it though.

10. thelegend6657 unregistered

Youtube app for ios needs a refresh

11. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

@thelegend6657, yes you are right that ios version of youtube seriously need an upgrade, but I doubt they are going to update it soon. I think Apple is going to do same thing with youtub, that they did with the maps, if youtube for ios is not updated soon.......... :)

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