YouTube adding swipe gestures for skipping videos in Android app

YouTube has been rolling out a handful of features lately but as most of the times, some of them are available to just select number of users in a soak test before being introduced to the wider public. The latest update brings support for swiping to skip to the next or go back to the previus video but it’s still not available to everyone.

The gestures are pretty intuitive and replaces the forward and back buttons that appear on the video when you tap on it. It’s a tad faster and more convenient this way. The transition animations shown in the video below remind us of Android P’s recent apps switcher. Take a look at the videos below, the first one recorded with the new gestures enabled while the second one shows the current state of YouTube’s Android app.


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