YouTube update rolling out on Google Play, future plans for background audio hidden within [DOWNLOAD]

YouTube Background Audio

An updated YouTube app is currently rolling out in the Google Play Store. We should warn you that there doesn’t seem to be any surface changes. All the fun stuff is under the hood where it appears Google is getting the app ready for the November’s scheduled offline video support feature. Even better, it looks like Google is preparing a future update enabling one of the most sought after features in YouTube’s history: Background Audio.

Download: YouTube 5.2.27

As the name suggests, the upcoming option will let users start up a video, then allow the audio from said video to continue playing while in another app, or even while the screen is off. Pretty. Effin. Nuts. You can either wait for the YouTube update to hit your device, or download and install via the above link. Recently, iOS users received the ability to choose their stream quality — 360p, 480p, or 720p — so let’s hope this will also make it’s way to Android devices in the near future.


|via Android Police|

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  • Guest

    Can’t wait for that future to be on the youtube app…

  • CryptoNoel

    finally we have it again! I remember on my Sensation 4G, I had to refrain from updating the app because the version it came with was able to play audio in the background.

    • Jason Parr

      I know. I had a DROID incredible same thing. The old version of the App had the functionality and then honeycomb came out….. boom, gone. I was never sure why they took that out.

  • Brian Menius

    So, so long overdue. Winning!

    … but I downloaded it, and that option isn’t in my options. Sad panda.

    • Chris Chavez

      It’s hidden. Currently under testing and will likely be available in a future update.

      • Brian Menius

        Yep, I found that out when I, uhh… accidentally happened upon another Android website. ;)

        • Chris Chavez

          You cheating on me? O_O

          • Brian Menius

            ‘course not! :-)

  • Big_EZ

    Nice that I won’t have to use another app to keep youtube running while the screen is off. 90% or more of the videos I “watch” I only listen to and the screen only eats battery.

  • supremekizzle

    “Recently, iOS users received the ability to choose their stream quality — 360p, 480p, or 720p — so let’s hope this will also make it’s way to Android devices in the near future.”

    Why the effing eff do effing iOS users get so many effing features from Google before Android users?

    • Tyree Mitchell

      Well there’s two separate teams for the platforms. I guess the iOS team is just faster. :/ I might be wrong but I believe its two separate teams.

      • ari_free

        2 separate teams. One screwed up management.

  • powderday

    Yes! I’ve been wanting this forever!!!

  • Mr. Raider™

    Wtf!! I was able to do this on my Palm pre 4 years ago!!

  • Gideon Waxfarb

    This is pretty cool. I could also do with a ‘treadmill mode’ :)

  • Danny Dodge

    What we need is a way for the app to open youtube videos that are embedded in browsers… I have no idea why but the nexus cant play them without lots of skips and jumps.

    • T4rd

      If you click the YouTube icon in the bottom right of the vid while while playing in the browser, it will open the video in the app for you (which usually yields much better playback than the browser).

  • Durandal_1707

    Nice! I’ve been hacking this via Samsung’s multi-app feature, but it’s nice to have it officially.

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  • Joshua Simpson

    YEEEEEESSS!!!!!!!! Finally. : D

  • ilh

    Yes! 1 question though, will it just stream the audio or the video too? Just wondering if it will help with data consumption or not.

    • thatcrazyone

      it streams just as though the video is running.

  • thatcrazyone

    i downloaded it but don’t have the option for audio in the background??? WTF :(

    • Layman76

      You didn’t even read the article, let alone the title.

  • Rage4Order

    Just curious, what is the main use case for folks that have been wanting this feature? Most of the stuff I tend to view on YouTube is pretty short (like songs) or requires viewing (like auto repair DIY instructions), so for that type of use, this feature doesn’t help much, but I’m interested in finding out how other people would utilize it.

    • John Wentworth

      I know a lot of people who use youtube as a lazy man’s music player, being able to turn off the screen would save battery when you don’t care about the video.

      • Rage4Order

        I know that’s popular use for YouTube, but I’m not aware of a way to make a playlist of videos, so it seems it would still require going back to the app after each song ends. I guess it’s useful if you want to listen to a full length concert or something.

        • Cosmeen Ionut

          You CAN make your own playlists on YouTube. So, for me, that feature is golden. I can start my playlist of music on youtube and I can turn off my screen because I don’t want to see videos, only hear the music.

    • meijin3

      I listen to podcasts on YouTube such as the Vergecast and this would allow me to switch between watching and listening.

  • joe

    My “current” screen on my nexus 7 isnct the same as yours. Maybe its because I am using a tablet?

    • joe

      Oops forgot the picture :-)