Youtube A number of updates are being released today for the Player page on mobile devices. The changes move some items, add new features – such as an expanded set of gesture-based navigation options – and update existing ones, such as: B. Video Chapter.
Video chapters were introduced in May to make it easier to get to the “good part” of a video without having to fast-forward manually. Instead, creators can apply timestamps to their videos that allow users to quickly jump to a specific section of a video or backtrack to watch an important part again.
These chapters are automatically activated as a series of timestamps and titles based on the chapter information the creator adds to the description of their video starting at section 0:00.
Today, YouTube is adding a new list view to this function, in which you can display a complete list of all chapters in the video, each with its own preview. You can access this list view by tapping or clicking the chapter title in the player and then jumping to the part of the video you want to see by tapping the video chapter in the list.
This makes it easier to navigate through the chapters as the thumbnails provide a visual guide to the different parts of the video.
YouTube is also updating its player page today. To improve access to subtitles, the button is being moved to a more prominent position on cell phones. The autoplay switch has also been moved so it's easier to turn it on or off while watching a video – a change that YouTube says will soon be available to desktop users as well.
There are other small improvements to the new player page, including rearranged buttons and controls that respond to your input faster than before.
Along with the changes to the user interface, the navigation has been updated to include an expanded set of gesture controls. You can already double-tap the left or right side of a video to fast-forward or rewind 10 seconds. Now you can swipe up to go to full screen mode and swipe down to leave full screen mode.
If you want to see how much time is counting down and how much time has passed in a video you are watching, you can tap the timestamp to toggle between these numbers.
In another change, YouTube will prompt viewers with "suggested actions" whenever there is a way to improve the video experience. For example, you may be asked to rotate your phone for landscape video or play a video in VR. Additional proposals will be published over time as needed.
In its announcement today, YouTube mentioned a bedtime reminder feature that was introduced earlier this year. It's not clear why it was linked to the other changes as it's already live. (YouTube says it was just a "summary").
However, many of the other changes may not be new to all users. YouTube has confirmed to theinformationsuperhighway that some users will already have these features by the time of the announcement, while others will get them this week.
The updates will be available starting today for both iOS and Android.