iOS Users May Soon Be Able To Play YouTube Videos Within Twitter

Twitter is currently testing a native playback feature that will allow users to directly play YouTube videos shared on Twitter, without switching to the YouTube application.
Vaibhavi Mishra
By: Vaibhavi Mishra Updated: Mar 22, 2021 19:58 IST
iOS Users May Soon Be Able To Play YouTube Videos Within Twitter
Users might now be able to view YouTube videos directly on Twitter just like directly posted ones

Twitter is yet again in the headlines with a new feature. The micro social media blogging platform is currently testing a direct playback feature that will allow the users to play YouTube videos in the tweet itself, without having to navigate to the YouTube application. As of now, when the users click on any YouTube link shared on Twitter, they are re-directed to the video-sharing application. The direct playback feature was until now available for directly posted videos and GIFs, though. The feature is being tested in a very small group of users spread across the US, Japan, Canada and Saudi Arabia. The testing is currently restricted to iOS, as per the official Twitter Support Account's recent tweet. After testing the feature for four weeks, Twitter intends to "look at the results and scale accordingly”

Twitter is, however, yet to comment on the Android version. Experts are predicting that once the feature is successfully tested for iOS, it would soon roll out for Android as well.

Better Media Sharing In The Pipeline

The social media giant is also testing other ways to improve the media sharing and viewing experience of the users. Besides the direct playback feature, it is also testing ways to upload and view better resolution 4K images in iOS, as well as, Android. As per current developments, the preferred image quality may be selected under “Data Usage” settings. Interestingly, these images might appear on the timeline just the way it does in the Twitter composer; bigger and better. 

In another round of developments, twitter may also introduce an “undo button”. Besides this controversial feature, Twitter is also expected to roll out a subscription-based model for people to post “subscriber-only” content on the platform.

Twitter Chat Rooms May Hit In April 2021

Twitter is also set to launch its own chat rooms called “Spaces”. These rooms would be similar to the Clubhouse app and will allow users to create rooms and invite up to nine people to join them. The “speaking rights” will be restricted to the host, who can pass them on to other participants. ‘Spaces' is expected to become available to the public in the coming April. 

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A multi-media journalist and writer, Vaibhavi views the world as one big piece of poetry. Time and again she tries to capture this poetry through words, as well as, the lens. She loves to explore the depth of human psyche, philosophy, cultures, and oceans! Carrying forward this quest for exploration she reports on various beats ranging from tourism, culture, art, social issues, business, market trends, science and environment to technology. For her, the life mantra can be summarised with the catchphrases, “Hakuna Matata” and “Carpe Diem”.