Shortly after Twitter announced it had begun testing improvements to image sharing and viewing for its iOS and Android apps, it is now doing the same for YouTube videos. Typically, if a user clicks on a YouTube link in a tweet, the link takes them out of the conversation they are viewing to another screen where the video plays.
According to a new post on Twitter’s Support account, the micro-blogging platform will soon start testing a way to let users watch YouTube videos directly within the Twitter iOS app. This will make it simpler to watch a video and then keep scrolling on the app.
Twitter will now let users view YouTube videos directly on its iOS app
Twitter shared how the feature works in a Gif and wrote, “Starting today on iOS, we’re testing a way to watch YouTube videos directly in your Home timeline, without leaving the conversation on Twitter.”
Starting today on iOS, we’re testing a way to watch YouTube videos directly in your Home timeline, without leaving the conversation on Twitter. pic.twitter.com/V4qzMJMEBs
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) March 18, 2021
As reported by The Verge, the feature will be made available to a small group of users in Canada, Japan, the United States, and Saudi Arabia. A spokesperson for Twitter told the publication, “The current test on iOS will be a four-week experiment. We plan to take a look at the results and will scale accordingly.”
Several other tests were also announced by Twitter last week. The platform appears to be testings ways to improve how media is shared and viewed on the app. Users who are in the test can go to their Twitter app settings and enable the new options in “Data Usage” to view and upload images in 4K quality. High-quality images will eat up data quicker than the smaller images that Twitter currently supports.
Another exciting new feature Twitter might release soon is an Undo button. The upcoming feature was first spotted by reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong. As per a clip shared by Wong, the undo button will appear when a user sends a tweet. The user will have a five-second window to remove the sent tweet. Since it is clear Twitter will never give users the option to edit tweets, this feature is the next best thing.
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