Comments in the YouTube Android app have been moved to a pop-up window, some users are reporting, indicating that Google is currently in the process of testing yet another experimental feature of the app. The functionality is seemingly only live for a limited number of users, so the test itself is likely rather small. There's still no word on how many people are affected by the new change that seemingly debuted at the same time another update for the YouTube app hit the Google Play Store. However, due to the small pool of testers who can see the new way in which YouTube displays comments, the feature might have been distributed as a server-side update and isn't directly related to the latest build of the app that started rolling out on Thursday.
Regardless, the change completely eliminates the old YouTube comments section that was usually accessible underneath the "Up next" area where you could see related videos that would play after the one you're currently watching comes to an end. The old spot is now empty, meaning there's less content to scroll through on each page, while the comments themselves now need to be activated to show up. The icon allowing you to display comments is now located underneath each video in the YouTube app, right between the dislike and share button. Tapping the icon will bring up comments above the "Up next" section and tapping it again will hide them. This method of accessing comments is not only faster than the old one but also allows people who don't care about comments to never even see them. The icon that enables and disables the section also has a comment counter next to it so you don't have to waste time on checking out comment sections that end up being empty.
Refer to the video and gallery below to see some screenshots of the new feature in action, courtesy of Android Police. As things stand right now, there's still no confirmation that YouTube will actually roll out its latest overhaul of comments to all users as the Google-owned video service often scraps ideas it's testing in limited areas, but more details on the matter will hopefully follow soon.