Google has released a new version of YouTube app on the Android market. YouTube app updates aren't tied to Android OS releases anymore, the internet giant said on its mobile blog, before going on to claim that the YouTube 2.1 is the fastest, most intuitive YouTube mobile app to date.
Rebuilt ground up to mirror the desktop experience, the app brings with some very useful new features.
Users need not worry about interrupting their the video playback and can read the video description, browse related, rate or flag videos with the in-page playback feature. Users can also also post comments while the video is playing, just like on the desktop.
The newly added 'subscription updates' make it easier for the users to access new videos from their subscriptions. With the app, the user will be able to see all the subscription updates right on the home screen.
The app also comes with new full-screen user interface, which enables the users to enter full-screen mode by simply rotating the phone. The new player controls make it easier to seek within the video, and the user can pause or resume the playback by just tapping on the screen.
“Following our famous mantra 'launch early, iterate often', we first released an early version of the unbundled app a few of weeks ago, collected user feedback, and addressed the key user requests in version 2.1,” said the blog post.
YouTube app only works on devices running Android 2.2. Users, who wish to install the app, will have to search for 'YouTube' in Android Market. It also comes pre-installed on many upcoming Android 2.3 devices, such as the Nexus S.