For years, YouTube Premium has provided no ads, background playback (picture-in-picture), and downloads for offline viewing. Premium YouTube account holders will now have access to increased 1080p video bitrates and the ability to queue videos on mobile devices. Support for iOS SharePlay and many other improvements are also announced.
Google Meet Live Sharing allows Android users to watch YouTube videos together. A similar experience will now be available for FaceTime on iOS with the addition of SharePlay support to YouTube Premium in the coming weeks. Apple added SharePlay in iOS 15.1, and it’s already implemented in several apps.
YouTube on iOS will be the first to receive an improved version of 1080p HD quality with increased bitrate. Google claims that the video will become “sharper and cleaner”, which is especially useful for scenes “with a lot of detail and movement.” 1080p Premium will be rolling out over the coming weeks as an experimental mode for now. In the future, Google plans to introduce this mode to Android. For all other (free) users, the existing 1080p quality will not change.
Starting today, YouTube Premium users on phones and tablets will be able to queue videos for later viewing. This feature has been tested since the end of last year and will now be an addition to the already existing features of the Internet version.
For Premium subscribers, YouTube offers a new “Continue Watching” feature. If the user does not finish watching the video on their phone, the next time they open youtube.com they will be prompted to continue watching from the same place. Now this feature is available on Android, iOS and web version.
In addition, YouTube for Premium Members now officially supports Smart Downloads, which automatically saves recommended videos for offline viewing.
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