Google typically experiments with new options in beta variations of its numerous Android functions on Google Play. However, the just lately noticed YouTube beta program won’t, sadly, be a testbed for upcoming additions to the video-sharing service. Instead, Google says it solely plans to check the steadiness of the YouTube app right now, not options.
The firm quietly rolled out a YouTube beta program final week on Google Play, the place it was quickly noticed by the parents at Android Police.
Originally, the assumption was that Google would use this new beta to check out options it was planning to convey to the YouTube app – in reality, that’s what Google’s own help documentation in regards to the beta mentioned!
Not solely that, however the documentation urged testers to not share details about the options they see within the app till they’re publicly launched.
That all sounds fairly thrilling, proper? (At least for us early adopters who like to get fiddle with the newest new factor earlier than anybody else.)
But after asking Google for extra info on this system, the corporate up to date its assist documentation to take away the wording about “experimental features.” It now says testers will solely assist YouTube to stabilize its app.
We additionally perceive, too, that YouTube has all the time run a beta program, the one change is that, as of final week, it turn into extra broadly accessible.
Users can now be part of this system to assist YouTube check stability of the app and may then choose out at any time they select. At this level, nonetheless, Google doesn’t plan on making an attempt out new options within the beta construct. That may, after all, change at any time sooner or later. So for those who actually wish to be the primary to know, you could wish to be part of the beta program simply in case.
But YouTube for a very long time now has been testing its new additions by means of server-side testing. It even determined this yr to be extra public about these exams – disclosing its experiments by means of its @TeamYouTube deal with and the Creator Insider channel.
For instance, that is the place the corporate first announced its check of a brand new Explore tab on iPhone a couple of months in the past, and extra recently said it would try different ways of inserting adverts into movies, to see if customers choose fewer interruptions even when it meant a number of adverts per interruption.
YouTube beta program members could or might not be opted into those self same experiments, as they roll out. It will depend upon in the event that they’re within the testing bucket that’s focused at the moment.