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Continue to watch videos in a floating window while navigating around YouTube.


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How many times have you started a YouTube video playing only to open a new tab and look for what to watch next? I do it all the time, and I can’t be the only one because YouTube is trying to support the habit with a new picture-in-picture feature for YouTube on the desktop.

As Engadget reports, mobile users will already be aware of the feature, but YouTube is now testing a floating window for playback on the desktop/web version of the video streaming site.

To trigger the floating window, simply start playback of a video and then navigate away from it while remaining on YouTube. Of course, you’ll have to be one of the users YouTube decides to test this on and there’s currently no way to tell you are without attempting the above steps.

Such a feature is sure to be popular, especially if the video being watched forms part of a playlist and/or is mainly being played for the audio. Maybe it’s music or a talk, for example. Whether YouTube rolls this out as a core feature for desktop users will depend on the feedback it gets from testing and how well it works with advertising.

Some features that did make it out of the testing phase recently include chat replays for live videos so “you can follow the conversation even after a live stream is over.” YouTube live streams also got automatic captions, location tagging if the creator opts to use it, and smart device connections.



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