YouTube Rolling Out Improved Queue Feature For Casting

For most, YouTube is one of the primary sources for video content. This is regardless of whether you make use of any additional TV connected products like Chromecast or Android TV. However, if you do use any of these particular devices, then the whole process of watching YouTube becomes increasingly more enjoyable. Find something you want to watch on your mobile and cast it over to your Chromecast or Android TV-running device. While you are watching the cast content, you can be on your smartphone and looking for the next few videos to watch and have them all queued up ready to play on your big screen.

To make this particular process even easier, it looks like the YouTube app has been updated with an improved look and feel queuing system. The main difference is noticeable immediately as the new design makes use of an always in view feature by way of a small bar which runs along the bottom of the screen. Essentially, a ‘now playing’ bar which shows the current video playing from the queue. However, dragging the bar up allows for the queue listings to take over the whole screen, which in turn allows the user to manage the queue, delete, play now, pause and so on, all from the one view/screen. So adding a good level of functionality as well as the more easier to view appearance.

This is in quite the stark contrast to what used to be on offer with accessing queued content requiring the user to click on the small picture-in-picture icon which would appear in the bottom right corner. Speaking of which, the picture-in-picture view does now seem to be fully incorporated into the bottom-running bar with the right hand side of the bar encompassing a small window highlighting what is currently be played and which also allows you to quickly pause and play the current selection. At present, it seems as though this is a service side update so you do not really have to do much to get the feature. For some, it will already be live and working the next time you launch YouTube and connected to a Google Cast-enabled device, while those who are not seeing it, should do in due course.

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