YouTube's mobile app updated with support for navigating gestures, iPhones get it first

YouTube's mobile app updated with support for navigating gestures, iPhones get it first
Great news for iPhone users, as the YouTube mobile app now features support for a new way to navigate through clips using gestures. A new report from TechCrunch confirms YouTube is now rolling out the new feature this week to all iOS devices out there.

The new horizontal swiping gesture will allow iPhone users to move forward and backward through the videos. YouTube also mentions that swiping forward will take users to the next recommended video, whereas in order to go to the last video watched, they will only have to swipe back.

Regardless of how many times you're swiping back and forward, the video that you're watching will always resume where you left off. Apparently, the update is meant to provide YouTube users with more control over video playback on their mobile devices.

Unfortunately, as mentioned earlier, support for gestures will only be available to iOS users initially. YouTube hasn't said a thing about Android yet, but we're hoping the update will make it to Google's platform in the not so distant future as well.

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8 Comments

1. bambamboogy02

Posts: 837; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

If swiping is all their is, how will it differentiate between forwarding in video or going to the next one?

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

They had this on Android for a while actually, it is just Cosmin trying to iPA it up by claiming iPhone users got it first. They tested this on a group of devices on the Android app and I still have it on mine. It is convenient only when you aren't looking at the device, otherwise its a pain because any slightly right or left swipe will switch the video. When I was driving and playing a youtube video in the background, it was easy to go back and forth without looking at the phone. It becomes a pain sometimes when you double tap to go forward or backwards but end up swiping a bit and the video changes. They need to work out the kinks and limits for one action or another before it is mostly useful. https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/08/02/youtube-app-experiments-gesture-navigation-though-new-swipe-based-video-interface/ The fact that the iOS version is out in full means that iOS users preferred this method and Android users still aren't content with the implementation. Of course here at iPA, it is a major shining rose gold star for Apples report card.

2. midan

Posts: 2708; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

There's never too much love for Apple users

5. lyndon420

Posts: 6736; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

You haven't been getting much from Apple lately, so you may as well get some from Google. Enjoy!! lol Let me how it works out for you...all my apps (except my banking app) are at least 2 - 4 updates behind.

7. KingSam

Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I’ve had it a day or 2

8. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Its funny that google apps updated for apple first than its OS. And many android users will gonna reply: we had this for years or apple is the beta. Shame!!!

9. nodes

Posts: 1158; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

In Google office everybody use Apple devices. No wonder.

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