YouTube is making some exciting changes to its mobile app. One of the most noticeable updates is something called “Stable Volume.” This feature ensures that when you’re watching videos, there won’t be those annoying, sudden shifts in volume. It’s turned on by default, but if you want to customize it, you can find the option by clicking on the gear icon in the app, selecting “Additional settings,” and toggling it on or off according to your preference.
Ever had a tune stuck in your head but couldn’t remember the name? YouTube is here to help with that. In August, they started testing a cool voice recognition feature. It allows you to hum, sing, or play a melody from a song, and the app will identify it for you. Google had a version of this in 2020, and now it’s part of YouTube’s new update.
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When you’re browsing videos on the mobile app, you’ll notice bigger preview thumbnails. Plus, there’s a nifty feature that lets you lock the video player to prevent accidental taps and swipes. If you’re fast-forwarding or rewinding a video and change your mind, no worries! There’s a scrubbing feature that lets you cancel the action by simply moving your finger back to where you started and releasing it when you feel a little vibration. And, for some added flair, the “Like” and “Subscribe” buttons now have a sparkly animation when you tap them.
However, YouTube is also cracking down on those who use ad blockers on its platform. If you’re using an ad blocker, you might have seen a cheeky pop-up notification when visiting the site. For now, you can just close the message, but it’s likely that YouTube will make this a more permanent roadblock in the future.
Back in May, Reddit users spotted YouTube experimenting with forcing users to disable adblockers to watch videos. The alternative was subscribing to YouTube Premium. In June, they even went as far as limiting video browsing for users with ad blockers to just three videos. It’s all part of YouTube’s effort to tackle ad blockers, even though they’ve been adding more ads to their site, starting with those pesky unskippable 30-second ads on the TV app.