YouTube is starting to test a new sharing feature in its iOS and Android app. This is an instant messaging chat that allows video sharing to be natively hosted in a section of the app.
It happens all the time, you’re watching a video quietly on YouTube and you feel like sharing it with someone, or you can use the wonderful iOS 9 multitasking to do so, or you can copy the link to change applications, and send it to a friend, partner, or family member.
With the new YouTube Messenger we can skip these steps and send videos to our friends with just one tap . They will be able to reply with a text or, why not, with another video. Even YouTube Messenger will also incorporate a heart shaped button to give likes.
YouTube will launch its own Messenger on iOS and Android
Don’t expect the typical instant messaging chat with emojis, stickers, pictures and GIFs, the YouTube Messenger will be specially focused on sharing videos. But as we mentioned previously, users will be able to include text messages and give likes to their (we understand) Google+ contacts and subscribers.
If the new YouTube chat is focused only and exclusively on Google+, it will be a spectacular strategic move to boost Google’s social network , which, by the way, was a real failure. However, YouTube Messenger could allow users to share videos with other people through other social networks or from the native contact application.
The new YouTube sharing feature would make things much easier for us. It’s true that, once your brain automates the actions, it’s very easy to copy a content and paste it into another application quickly. And it’s even more convenient with multitasking on iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4, and the new iPad Pro, because YouTube was recently updated with support for Split View and Slide Over multitasking. But with the new Google feature, there’s no need to leave the YouTube app.
Only a small number of users are having the possibility to test the new functionality of YouTube initially. But they can add the option to their contacts when sharing a video by inviting them into a conversation.
Google has not provided any information about the launch of its new chat for the YouTube application on iOS and Android. But as soon as we know more, we will keep you informed! How about YouTube Messenger? Will you be using this service regularly? We will!