YouTube is testing timed comments on Android and iOS
With YouTube’s Timed Comments feature, creators will be able to add timed comments to a specific portion of the video.
Users will be able to see timed comments at the exact part they are watching a video. The Google-owned video sharing platform is currently testing the functionality on Android and iOS.
However, it is only available for certain videos and a small group of users. This feature is part of the “YouTube Testing Features and Experiences” program.
Scheduled YouTube comments will be helpful
YouTube’s “timed comments” will be useful for those who want to read the comments section, as it helps find the right part of any video. On April 29, Google ad let it test timed comments.
The functionality is currently tested for Android and iOS. The commentator will be able to attach their comments to a specific part of any video. This will allow them to click and load it.
On the decline, Google are currently testing the new feature with a very small group. Android Police shared a mockup image (above) of the feature, which is available in the Sort button in the comments section.
How do scheduled YouTube comments work?
Timed comments can be described as an improved version of a simple timestamp. Moreover, they can be compared to the replayed chat section on Live YouTube Videos when playing VOD (video on demand).
There is a similar feature in SoundCloud. The online audio distribution platform displays small check marks on the scroll bar indicating where commenters have linked their comments to a specific part of a song.
It’s still unclear whether the new feature will be available to more mobile users or YouTube on the web. Google will eventually reveal which of these features it retains and which will be removed.
YouTube’s timed comments feature reaches more users
Rather than making timed comments available to specific users, it looks like Google is enabling it for specific videos. AP has been made aware of one of these videos. It was the Transformers action figure see again.
The post found it to work on the YouTube Android app. The timed comments view appears when sorting comments on Android, but AP’s Michael Crider was unable to replicate it on the iPad’s YouTube app.
It should be noted that Google has already announced support for iOS. Google said it will roll out the feature to more users based on the reviews.
You can check if you’re part of this experience by going to the comments section on iOS or Android, and hitting the Sort button to select “Timed Beta.”