YouTube’s Android app is about to get more useful. We have news that the upcoming version of the app will feature a permanent Cast button as well as new privacy icons. That certainly seems like a step in the right direction. Users should like the new features.
This update would add a permanent Cast button to the action bar, whether or not there is any Chromecast or Android TV nearby where you are. If there is no use for the permanent Cast button, it will stay greyed out so you don’t select it by accident. So if you don’t need it, it won’t be in your way. That just makes sense, but it’s nice to know that the design is built with a common sense approach.
So what else is new? Well, for one thing there will be new icons that appear whenever you decide to select the privacy level of content that you are adding to YouTube. The same three choices as usual (Public, Unlisted and Private) will still apply, but these icons might be easier to understand. You will need a device that runs on Android 4.0.3 or higher. What do you think? Do these improvements sound good?