YouTube for Android TV gets long-press video menu for Watch Later and playlists
Google has been putting some much-needed effort into both Android TV as well as YouTube. The company recently announced some changes that would be happening to YouTube’s trending algorithm. Then, just this week we learned about a revitalized push for Google’s television platform. So along with the changes they have planned for the Play Store application, Google is also working on some of their other apps. The latest to receive a small tweak is the YouTube for Android TV application.
The YouTube application for Google’s television OS has had video options for a while now. Features including the ability to add a video to the watch later queue, saving a video to a particular playlist, and more. The application used to make you actually start watching a video before you were able to access these options. 9to5Google recently pointed out that this has changed in a recent update to the application. They discovered that there was a new long-press action that would let the user access a video’s options.
We were unable to see this new change in action so Google is likely slowly rolling this change out to the masses. As you can see from the first image above, you get a text hint telling you that you are able to click and hold for more options. When done, a menu will appear from the side of the screen that offers up a few video options depending on what you are doing. For example, if you’re browsing through the recommended section then you may see a Not Interested option to choose from.
Videos viewed from other areas of the Android TV YouTube application will likely only see Save to Playlist and Save to Watch Later options. I think we can all agree this is a much better method of accessing a video’s options. The only downside would be that it isn’t very intuitive but Google seems to have handled that by teaching the user via the hint text.