Adding YouTube’s Picture-in-Picture (PIP) support to the iPhone and iPad versions was a farce from the first minute but over the last few days things have taken a whole new turn.
First, YouTube has stopped testing its previous features that allow users to enable it on a per-account basis. Then, the YouTube Twitter account says that the feature will be available to everyone “In the future.”
Except, it wouldn’t. Because there seems to be no idea when YouTube will bring PIP support to iPhones and iPads.
We know because the company tweeted to clarify its position – when it said PIP support was coming, it was actually for YouTube TV. Not YouTube itself. Which is out of laughter at this point.
What this means is that we have no idea what YouTube is doing right now. For now, PiP support is only available “For Premium Members on Android Phones” And that’s it. One wonders if or when this will change, at least not all of YouTube.
Just to clarify – what is currently being launched is YouTube TV Picture-in-Picture for iOS 15+ devices. If you specify one for the YouTube app, it is only available on Android mobile phones for premium members. https://t.co/wB9vUWtm3U
– timtube (timtube) April 11, 2022
The ability to view content using PiP is a big issue because it allows people to view content while doing other things, such as working on email. This is a fairly simple feature that countless other apps offer. It’s not clear why YouTube is disabled, although it may seem to be related to advertising, because Google
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