YouTube introduced a new update for its mobile apps, adding refinements to the interface of the mobile platform that make things easier for users. Although the UI looks basically the same, frequent mobile users will notice some small but convenient changes, including the ability to enter full screen mode using a simple swipe and a few new buttons.
The new feature of video chapters that YouTube started rolling out to some users earlier this year has been expanded in this mobile update. With this feature, users see small bars inserted in the red playback progress bar when streaming a video. Each break marks the beginning of a new chapter in the video, including a preview with that chapter’s title.
Obviously, users can use these indicators to easily find the parts of the videos they are most interested in, using a simple rubbing gesture. This latest feature update makes things even easier by adding the tool’s expansion to include a chapter list view.
In addition, users will now find YouTube autoplay and captioning options directly in the video player for faster access, in addition to YouTube introducing suggested actions. As the term indicates, the suggested actions are prompts that encourage the user to consider taking some action based on what YouTube considers best, such as putting on a virtual reality headset to watch a 360-degree video.
These changes add up to a series of other tweaks and minor updates that YouTube introduced this year, designed to make the viewing experience easier, help users find the content that they would likely be interested in watching and even help them to manage their assistance sessions to ensure that they go to bed on time.