YouTube is pushing a new update for its iOS app that will make it simpler for user to browse videos. With the latest update, you can swipe through videos horizontally if you want to switch from one recommended video to the other. If you swipe left, then it will take you to recommended videos and if right, then you will find previously played videos. YouTube has confirmed the change to TechCrunch and said that the update will roll out to iOS users this week. However, as of now, there is no word on when YouTube’s Android app will receive it.
The newly rolled-out feature resembles the swipe gesture feature of Snapchat, Tinder and Instagram stories. The horizontal swipe trend has encompassed many prominent apps and now, it has finally made its way to YouTube. Looking back, the Google-owned video platform has been modified to a great extent and probably the most notable change in the app is its own Stories format. Other major changes in YouTube include the dark mode, automatically playing videos on mobile homepage, auto-play improvements etc.
Coming back to the newly launched feature, according to a report in Popular Science that cites the company, the swipe-through-videos feature is not something that has been decided overnight and the company has been working on it for around two years now.
It is worth mentioning that the new YouTube feature also works when the user is watching videos in full screen mode. Even then, he can swipe left to go to recommended videos and right to go to previously played videos.
Swiping has increasingly become a common trend with all popular apps, primarily because it makes it easy to use the app and increases engagement levels of the users. The swipe-through-videos feature will be accessible to a majority of YouTube users if it gets rolled out to Android smartphones too. This is because 70 percent of YouTube users access the platform via their smartphones. Prior to this, YouTube had also introduced double tap gestures that enabled users to skip forward and backward while watching a video in the smartphone app.