Besides introducing Google+ for tablets, the company has also released updates for the YouTube for Android app which now allows users to pre-load videos in order to save up on time required to buffer them. Another feature is a subscription guide that offers instant access to favorite channels, as in case of the web version, says the official YouTube blog.
The channel guide is displayed on the left side of the screen to let users focus on stuff they prefer watching. Also, this guide’s feed is constantly updated with new videos. Its developers have also worked towards enhancing the mobile experience, by negating the need to wait for videos to buffer. Videos from subscribed channels can be pre-loaded temporarily on the local device, when it is charging.
“The new YouTube app features are currently just available on phones with Android 4.0 and above, and you’ll start to see these features appear on other Android versions in coming months. If you’re using m.youtube.com or other versions of the YouTube app, you can still access your subscriptions by signing in and selecting ‘Subscriptions,’” reads a post on the official YouTube blog.
The video caching function can be activated by enabling ‘preloading’ through the Settings menu. An internet connection is required for loading as well as viewing videos from the Watch Later queue and subscribed channels. Moreover, users can also choose to view these videos on big screen TVs through this app or the mobile website. And that’s not all, they can continue browsing through other videos on the smartphone, while that clip is playing on the TV.
The YouTube for Android app is now available through the Google Play Store for phones running Ice Cream Sandwich, free of charge.