YouTube swipe navigation is coming to iOS devices this week, making it less awkward to go from video to video on mobile…
These days, mobile navigation is largely based on swiping from side-to-side or up-and-down. So, Google is better accommodating its YouTube audience by introducing swipe navigation for iOS, beginning this week.
Google Introduces YouTube Swipe Navigation to iOS Devices
Now, instead of scrolling and tapping, viewers can simple swipe left or right to view the next video. (Swipe forward to view what’s up next and back to resume the previous video. The previous video will resume where it was left off.) Better yet, the feature works both in portrait and landscape orientations, according to TechCrunch.
The new YouTube swipe navigation will make it easier to browse the site and discover new content and/or creators. Of course, the move will likely boost time-on-site, meaning people will stick around for longer periods of time.
It’s a smart play, considering the astronomical viewing hours YouTube racks-up through mobile devices. And, with video better conforming to small screens, this provides a more intuitive gesture.
The option is going live on iOS this week, but there’s not yet word on when it will arrive on Android.
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