YouTube gets a new full-screen commentary mode on Android
YouTube is currently testing another way comments can ruin your video experience on Android devices by introducing the full screen comments feature on YouTube. YouTube’s comments section is teeming with toxicity, more so than anywhere else on the web.
There are a few tight-knit communities that are sort of the popular online video sharing platform. In order to improve comments, YouTube allows users to read them in full screen mode on Android.
As a platform, Android has generally been a safe place where it’s easier to avoid interactions with your fellow internet users On June 4, a Twitter user (@workrecandplay) announced that YouTube was turning on full screen on Android. , with the comments appearing on the right side as scrolling.
@Youtube just went full screen on Android and the comments appeared scrolling on the right. Is this a bug? How can I access it again, it’s super useful!
– Rob (@workrecandplay) June 4, 2021
YouTube allows full screen commenting on Android
In full screen, comments can be seen alongside a scaled-down version of the video in a sliding panel. This multitasking function allows you to watch the content of your favorite designers but can be quite frustrating at the same time.
After checking the responses to a video, you can hide the comments panel by simply swiping your finger from the top of the banner. The video reverts to its usual size, once you drag the comments panel.
You can currently watch a video and check comments at the same time on your phone. However, this is only possible in portrait mode.
If this change is rolled out to more users, it will make the YouTube community more visible on mobile devices. However, it is not known whether this would be for better or for worse.
Beta of scheduled comments on YouTube
In addition to testing a full screen mode for comments, Google seems to be working on another feature for the comments section of YouTube.
On June 2, Google ad the timed commentary system, currently in testing for Android and iOS. This will allow commenters to link their comments to a specific part of the video. Users can click to instantly load this section of the video.
Unfortunately, Google is testing this with a very small group at the moment. For those who can try it out, the option will appear in the Sort button in the comments section.
Timed comments are more complex versions of the simple timestamp. They are similar to the replayed chat section on YouTube Live videos.