26 February 2020
YouTube has released a couple of new features Voice Support and Who's Watching that will surely enhance the way you use the app. Both of these features are minor but nifty additions to enhance the existing user experience. The first one is beneficial for those who cast the app and the second one is for the situation where multiple people use the YouTube app on the same device.
Starting with the first feature, YouTube has now made it possible for users to make use of voice commands while casting the app on their TVs. It is available for both Android and iOS users as casting functionality is supported by both platforms. It will essentially make your device the remote control for the app. It is primarily aimed at helping users search their desired content on YouTube but can also be used for playing/pausing the content and adjusting volume.
The next 'Who's Watching' feature seems to be inspired by Netflix's own offering. It will be helpful when multiple users are using a single device for accessing YouTube. It will allow them to choose their profile before watching anything so that they can get personalized recommendations as well as their own subscription feed.
YouTube has further made changes to the user interface of the app for smart TV users. The sidebar on the left has been revamped and it now shows signed-in account details at the top. There is a listing of favorite pages like Music, Gaming, and News for faster access.