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YouTube app for Android will get more filter options in search results

Discussion in 'Mobile Apps / Developers News' started by Alexa, May 30, 2016.

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    Although you can't argue that YouTube's Android app is bad or lacking essential functionality, there oddly still are quite a few glaring omissions in it when compared to the service's website. Not huge things, mind you, rather small features here and there that have the potential of improving the experience for users.

    Thankfully it looks like at least one of these will be rectified in the near future, which is great considering that over half of all YouTube views now come from mobile devices. The enterprising folks over at XDA went digging through the APK for the latest version of the app (11.20.54) and found a few strings that reference additional filters coming to aid in your searches.

    This isn't implemented yet, but should be soon, now that those strings are in there. So you will at some point in the future be able to filter your searches by rating, relevance, or view count, or order the search results you get by one of those three metrics. One thing to note, however, is that Google may decide to pull these yet-unreleased features and never actually make the new filters functional in the app. Let's hope that won't be the case though.

    Currently in the YouTube app for Android your only options are to filter a search by date, duration, content type, or quality. Those are all useful, of course, but what's coming will make searching for stuff in the app that much easier.

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