Today YouTube launching a new video sharing feature in its mobile app. The video sharing feature was first made available in Canada and for some users in the USA, and it is now available for all users around the world. That ends now. YouTube has chose to bake messaging directly within the app, allowing users to share videos with friends without leaving the app.
Users can now share videos on YouTube chat with their friends from the phone's contacts.
The new feature is only available on the iOS and Android YouTube apps, and can not be accessed on the desktop version of the website. The share button below the video now shows profiles of your contacts on YouTube.
It's also possible to respond to a shared video with another video.
YouTube has been testing the feature since last May, but Monday's update marks the first time the company's made its so-called "native sharing" to everyone. The company also allows users to text along with emojis to make the conducive environment for the chatting. But now Google added some convenient way of sharing YouTube videos. It is still an app-only feature at the moment; but hopefully YouTube will expand the feature to desktop soon. The update is rolling out to the smartphone users across the world and if you haven't got, keep checking for the update to arrive in your app list on the Play Store or the App Store.
Users can start one-on-one chats or group chats with up to 30 people, in which they can watch shared videos without leaving the thread.
Rest assured that you can still easily copy the link to a video, or share it to other apps like Facebook, Twitter, or Gmail, if you prefer. So, what we are looking at here is a full-fledged messaging service within the app. It also said that customers who want to continue sharing videos through other apps can still do so too. You can even reply using videos to messages or invite other people to your conversation.
And while YouTube has 1.5 billion monthly logins, its unclear how many of them will treat the platform as a social messaging one in addition to a place for watching videos.