Jul 02 AT 1:17 PM Dustin Earley 13 Comments

YouTube app to get new multitasking; Google continues to sever core apps

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A user on the Verge forums going by the name ryan_socio, who has correctly leaked information on Google products in the past, is back again with some new information on an upcoming update to the YouTube app and details on how Google plans to further sever its core apps from Android.

The new YouTube app’s big feature is going to be enhanced multitasking. The app will look the same, save for a small arrow that will allow users to shrink the currently playing video and continue using the app to search and browse other videos. As of right now, the feature is only available within the YouTube app itself, but by release, it should be available system wide. In other words, you should be able to keep a small video window playing in the bottom corner of your device while you reply to email or check Facebook.

Ryan shared other details on how Google plans to continue severing core apps, like the People and camera app. He wouldn’t go into specifics, only saying that, “they (Google) plan to do it with pretty much every app.” For most of you, this should come as no surprise. We’ve talked about how Google is enabling users to not only enjoy the stock Android experience on any device by downloading every piece of software separately, but how severing core apps from Android allows Google to keep all Android users, despite the actual Android version they’re using, up-to-date with the latest and greatest Google has to offer.

It’s great that Google has finally found a way to tackle the “F” word. Android updates may be a little more boring now, but this new method is best for everyone.

Source: The Verge Forums

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  • http://www.sonicboomstick.com Bryan

    Maybe I’m not getting it, but how exactly will this help stem fragmentation?

    • Tom

      The ‘current’ version of the apps will be downloaded regardless of the Android version, not included with an older version of Android.

      • mrjayviper

        you may get the latest version of the core apps but some things are only available in a full rOM like framework, security changes and etc.

    • uknowme

      The way I see it is they can make almost any core app the same across the playing field. For example, some phones use the stock android keyboard. Well they would have to wait for a carrier update to get the swipe features from the newest version. They can now just grab it from the play store.

  • Anon

    They also need to enable changing resolution.

    • Charles Migliore

      They have.

      DPI settings no longer affect Google play download compatibility.

  • vrm

    so, while wasting bandwidth by not watching the current video, search for more ways you can waste more bandwidth.

  • Nate B.

    Sounds nice. What’s annoying to me is how the drop down category’s seen to be in the way. I like it better when it was it’d own tab and you swiped through them.

  • Tommy

    It won’t stem fragmentation per se. It is essentially a workaround to get most of the features without an official upgrade. Therefore, users on older and/or OEM-skinned versions of Android will get many of the features of the latest versions of Android through the core apps.

    For instance, I now have the Jelly Bean gallery/camera (with photosphere), keyboard and calendar apps on my Galaxy Tab 10.1, which is running Ice Cream Sandwich. I don’t plan on taking many pictures with the tablet, but it’s nice to know that it can still get the latest features via core apps. I can also get closer to a stock experience on the Galaxy S3.

    • Larry

      Tommy – What do you mean you now have the stock Jelly Bean Gallery and Camera app? Did Google release it?

  • aranea

    I’ve always wanted that. I’m glad finally it’s coming. I hope it also comes with the ability to keep youtube running even if the screen is turned off.

  • donger

    Multitasking seems useful within the app.

  • Mikes_phone_and_tab

    This is the thing. What I really want to see in the YouTube app is the ability to reply to comments, the ability to check your inbox, and more advanced playlist and account management features. For some, the only device used to access YouTube is a mobile device, they shouldn’t have to use the desktop or even the mobile site to do simple things as previously mentioned.