YouTube has announced a major feature update for its mobile app. The update starts with the revamp of the bottom right tab called Library, which is now integrated with our profile at the top right corner. This new tab, named You, includes our watch history, playlists, and downloads. The design is now easier to navigate compared to the previous version.
Next is the feature to tap and hold on the screen to accelerate video playback to 2x speed. Releasing the button will return the video to its original speed of 1x. This caters to the modern audience who enjoy watching videos at faster speeds.
In addition to this, YouTube has improved the seeking feature, allowing for more precise control. If you drag your finger and change your mind, dragging it back to the original position will cause a subtle vibration, indicating that you have returned to the previous position. There is also a setting to lock the screen while watching a video, preventing accidental touches from interrupting your viewing experience.
When creators in videos invite viewers to press the Subscribe button, the actual Subscribe button now animates, clearly indicating that you have subscribed.
Video descriptions now have more interactive elements. You can add social media links, and icons will appear to make those links more visible. All social media links are now conveniently grouped separately. Additionally, you can long press to copy the link to the clipboard.
There is a new stable volume setting that maintains a consistent audio level. No video will have excessively loud or quiet sound.
Humming a song or singing a melody? Just open the YouTube app and let it find the song for you. This feature is similar to the Shazam app or the Android widget, but it is now available in YouTube.
For other features, you can watch the YouTube tutorial video provided at the bottom.
The smart TV version of the app also received a few minor additions. The video descriptions have been redesigned for easier use, and the menu has transitioned to a vertical layout. This allows for quicker access to descriptions, comments, and various buttons.
Source: YouTube Blog
TLDR: YouTube’s mobile app update introduces a new You tab, improved features like tap and hold for video speed, precise video seeking, animated subscribe button, enhanced video descriptions, stable volume setting, Shazam-like song recognition, and revamped smart TV version with vertical menu layout.