29 January 2019
Apparently, YouTube is making it easier for its users to browse videos on its mobile platform. So, how will YouTube manage to this? By adding a swiping feature, of course! The company is adding a horizontal swiping feature to browse through videos. So far, the update including this new feature and change in interface is being rolled out on iOS. Unfortunately, as of now, there’s no news about this feature coming to the YouTube app on Android.
The horizontal swipe feature is pretty simple to understand. Swiping right will take the user to the next recommended video while swiping left will bring the user back to the previously played video. YouTube has confirmed this change in interface and functionality in its app to TechCrunch. Perhaps this change to its interface will actually result in users staying longer on the YouTube app. The swipe feature is quite a familiar one on social networking apps like Snapchat and Instagram. In fact, the YouTube swipe feature bears a striking resemblance to the interface of Instagram Stories.
Well, this isn’t exactly surprising as in the past YouTube has implemented a number of changes to its app as well as website. Over time, the company added a picture-in-picture mode, added support for hashtags in video titles and descriptions and even the ability to enabled dark mode on the YouTube app on Android.