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YouTube on Android tests floating comments section when viewing fullscreen video

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Over the years YouTube on Android has experienced quite a series of changes and tweaks, and has plenty of ongoing UI tests. However, one of the latest update happens to be a floating window for YouTube comments section when viewing videos on Android.

The new fullscreen comments update appear to have been rolled out more widely on Android. To use the youtube floating comment, you’ll need to have a video currently playing , then put your phone into landscape or fullscreen mode to see the new floating sidebar as It won’t automatically appear as with live chat on live streaming content.

We’re not certain as to when this update was incorporated, but so far it’s been observed on multiple test devices and the same swipe down gesture allows you to minimize the section and re-enter an unencumbered fullscreen mode again if you eventually change your mind about viewing any comments.

Furthermore in line with Android Police many devices will eventually need to tap the “X” icon to close YouTube’s floating comment window:

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When you enter full-screen mode on a video, the comments section currently disappears. The only alternative to that is that when viewing live streams, where a live chat log will appear on the left side of your display, semi-obscuring whatever you happen to be watching.

Android Police added that, some Android users have spotted a floating comment box in the YouTube app when going full-screen with content. and further reports on Reddit and Twitter suggests that it isn’t a rare occurrence either.

Many users are seeing the floating comments option, which will allow you to scroll down an entire YouTube video comment section. Interestingly, is how the video is actually handled. Whenever you go full-screen, the comment box slides in from the right side of your display and the video content is minimized slightly so that nothing is omitted.

This case was first showcased when Apple implemented multi-window app views on iPad OS, in that it feels a little cluttered but still works fine eventually. In addition, swiping down the panel will minimizes the floating comments section and expands any YouTube video currently on play. This new floating comments section or window actually looks like a better way to implement live chats on YouTube live streams, something that isn’t that fun on mobile at present. Do well to notify us in the comment section below if you have seen this feature update on your YouTube app.

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Dino is a Tech Consultant. Entrepreneur, Website/Blog Developer, Graphic Designer, Blogger and Digital Marketer, he has long been freelancing for more than 4 years before starting up SmartcoreTech, during this time was writing for websites like Opera News Hub, Paulworkspace, thescoove.africa etc. He is currently reporting on tech related contents on company's such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, Xiaomi, Facebook, Twitter etc. He also writes on Phone Reviews and Movies. When he is not writing he is working as an IT Personnel for a company in his Local. Feel free to contact him via any of the available channels present


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