Videos are the preferred format for creating and disseminating content for a variety of reasons ranging from clarity to its ability to retain a viewer’s attention. As a result of this, services that host video files are in high demand from consumers be it those as short as a few seconds or entire movie-length videos with streaming being the preferred mode of access. A good situation for the service hosts who have no shortage of material as creators are constantly putting out new work to keep the consumers entertained with themes across diverse topics. Some offer tutorials, others give entertaining videos (often referred to as skits), some give reviews of products among others.
Google is aware of this trend and has its service YouTube, one of the biggest if not the biggest video hosting platform available to users on Android and iOS. YouTube is loved for its versatility as its content ranges from short 1-minute clips to long videos worth hours of footage making it adaptable to suit various kinds of content. It makes each user’s experience different by using Google’s artificial intelligence to create a preference and suggest content based on the videos consumed by the user. Users of the app have however been bugged by one reoccurring issue that dampens the immersive experience the application is meant to give.
For users of the service on the Android platform, the user interface which sees the icon for toggling full screen placed just below the progress, can be a source of frustration. This is because in trying to toggle to full screen, most users inadvertently tap on the progress bar skipping it to the final parts of the video. A real headache especially if the viewer is consuming episodic content which relies on suspense to keep the viewers immersed in the experience. Google has finally addressed the issue with an update which will slightly tweak the functionality of the service.
Thanks to the update, the progress bar no longer responds to taps making it impossible for accidental scrubs or skips to the end of the video. To seek or skip in a video, a user should hold and slide a finger across the search bar which is similar to its functionality in the 2018 versions of the app. This feature has always been on the iOS versions making this an Android exclusive issue, meaning that the update was to model the Android version after its iOS counterpart.