posted by Benedict Townsend

Sneaky tech experts have uncovered these hidden unannounced features in the code of the YouTube app

Get hyped YouTube fans, some intrepid Indiana Jones-style Android fans appear to have uncovered a treasure trove of new information about upcoming, unconfirmed YouTube features. The group have mined through all the fancy ones and zeroes (why yes, we are coding experts did you know?) in the latest update for the Android YouTube app. Here are some of the new features they’ve uncovered:

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AutoOffline F0r Your Favourite Videos

This feature would mean that the app would automatically download certain videos every day, so that you can watch them offline. This would be ideal for fans of creators who upload daily videos. The ability to download videos and then view them offline is currently only available to YouTube Red subscribers (although the downloads are manual currently, not automatic as this update claims) and it’s unclear at this moment in time if this feature will be only for Red subscribers, or will be opened up to include all viewers.

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Live Polls In YouTube Livestreams

This is something we’re particularly excited about, as we often attempt to poll you guys in our weekly livestreams (4.30pm on our FB page, get on it folks). Livestreaming isn’t actually available on the YouTube mobile app yet, but despite this it seems the company is hard at work developing new features for it. This neat little feature will allow YouTubers to poll their audience during a YouTube Live, which could allow for some sweet interactive content and maybe even some Twitch Plays – style interactive gaming.

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Picture-In-Picture Features For The Android TV App

This is a more niche update, but one that will be welcomed by Android TV users the most, as they haven’t had a YouTube update in half a year. The new update will supposedly bring the ability to watch YouTube videos in a picture in picture while using other Android apps. Which is pretty neat – no more arguing over who gets the remote!

 

Please bare in mind that none of these features have been officially announced yet, so things are likely to change, but if their inclusion in the code of the YouTube app is anything to go by, there’s a good chance we could be trying them out very soon!