YouTube exploring new feature to let users zoom in on videos

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Desk Reporter
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Google-owned online video platform, YouTube is testing a new feature in its mobile app with its premium subscribers that allows them to zoom in on any video.

The latest opt-in experimental feature enables a pinch-to-zoom gesture for videos and it works both in portrait and full-screen landscape view, according to the latest reports.

The company said in a statement that “the zoom feature will remain in testing until September 1st, giving YouTube about a month to gather user feedback and refine things before potentially rolling it out more widely.”

“To enable pinch to zoom, open YouTube’s settings menu either on your phone or from the website. If you are subscribed to YouTube Premium, there should be a “try new features” section,” the company further added.

There are already ways to zoom in on YouTube’s content with various accessibility functions on Android and iOS. “But having it as an optional native feature in the mobile app is all the more convenient,” as per the statement.

In April, YouTube announced that it is bringing its short-video format section called YouTube Shorts to desktops and tablets. YouTube Shorts was previously accessible only to mobile phones and users could not open Shorts videos on platforms like desktops, tablets, and Smart TVs.

Last year, YouTube’s music streaming service, Youtube Music introduced a new ‘Energize’ mood filter for personalized playlists consisting of tracks from various genres and artists. This is the fifth filter that adds to the already present Workout, Focus, Relax, and Commute modes.

Related: Google reportedly working on sleep timer for YouTube Music for Android


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