YouTube Is Testing a New Drag and Maintain Gesture for Controlling Video Playback

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YouTube is reportedly testing a brand new slide-to-seek characteristic for forwarding and rewinding movies extra simply on its Android and iOS apps. Customers will be capable of use a “drag-and-hold” gesture to skip to their favorite elements in a video. Earlier, customers might both skip 10 seconds of a video with every faucet on the left or proper half of the video participant or use the progress bar. The brand new characteristic appears to be beneath testing and might be part of a server-wide replace or reaching customers on an account-to-account foundation.

The brand new playback controls for YouTube have been noticed by a Reddit person (@u/FragmentedChicken) as per a report by Android Police. As per his expertise, the slide-to-seek characteristic is out there for customers on the newest YouTube beta v16.31.34 app on Android. Some customers commented that they have been in a position to see the characteristic on their iOS units as effectively. This appears that the characteristic might be reaching customers on an account-to-account foundation.

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YouTube’s new slide-to-seek characteristic reveals a ‘Slide left or proper to hunt’ message
Picture Credit score: Reddit/ FragmentedChicken

As per the Reddit put up, customers will see a ‘Slide left or proper to hunt’ banner on the high of the display screen whereas utilizing the drag and maintain gesture. This characteristic is activated by tapping-and-holding anyplace on the video display screen and sliding left or proper to rewind or skip, respectively. Alongside, YouTube will even present a small thumbnail of the contents being skipped, which ought to make skipping to the specified portion of the content material a lot simpler.

The standard technique to rewind or skip bits in a YouTube video works barely in a different way. Customers can use the slide-to-seek characteristic by first summoning the progress bar by tapping on the display screen. As soon as that’s up and visual, customers can drag the pink dot to its desired place. The video streaming service from Google additionally permits customers to skip content material in 10-second increments by tapping on the left or proper half of the video participant.

The brand new gestures are extra intuitive and may make controlling video playback on YouTube a lot simpler.


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