Android Apps

YouTube Android app adds +1 button, Watch It Later, and upload while editing

November 14, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka



The YouTube Android app, one of the most popular on the Android platform, has been updated to tie in with Google’s services. The +1 button, Google’s soon-to-be-ubiquitous method of approval, is now available on mobile. While YouTube has traditionally relied on the thumbs up/down icons and comments for people to give feedback, users can also hit the +1 button to show their support for content. There’s no link to the sharing and recommendation gadgets seen on the web versions of the +1 button, however.

YouTube also now supports the Watch It Later queue. While watching a video that a user wants to watch later, users can press the square “+” button at the top of the screen and then select “Watch Later” (or add to Favorites or playlist). Accessing the existing Watch It Later queue is possible by pressing Menu > My Channel > Playlists > Watch It Later.

The final new twist is that the app can continue uploading while the user edits video info. I have nothing worth uploading to test this feature, but some users report being unable to get it to work. Also worth noting, the update so far seems to only be available for phones because my Honeycomb device doesn’t show an update. Head to the Android Market to put it on your phone.