Google has been really busy getting rid of Shopper, Latitude and Messenger; bringing more cards to Google Now (sports, reservations, car rentals); and releasing an official AdSense app for iPhone.
More recently, the technology giant has released a YouTube update for Android and iOS that brings a very interesting feature: “Picture-in-picture”.
Now you will be able to watch a video on the bottom right corner of the screen while you continue exploring for new content. YouTube 2.0 also comes with a brand new icon, better Chromecast integration, a new user interface and the ability to search and browse channels for playlists.
This is how Google explains the new changes:
With the swipe of a finger, you can watch a video at the bottom of your screen while you keep exploring. Think about it this way–you can watch a video about making the perfect fried chicken while searching for homemade salted caramel sauce recipes.
The Cast button on YouTube already lets you send YouTube videos from your phone or tablet to your connected TV, like on Chromecast, Google TV, PlayStation 3 and other TVs. To make it easier to choose what to watch next, you’ll see a preview screen when your devices are connected and you select a video, with options to play the video to queue it up to watch next.
To be honest, it’s not all that great: the size of the video is too small and that, while on landscape mode, you can’t fast-forward a video – to do this, you have to be on portrait mode.
Have you downloaded the new version of YouTube? Did you like the changes? Let us know in the comment section below.
Download YouTube for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch [iTunes link]
Download YouTube for Android [Google Play Store Link]