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We've got one last Google update to discuss this evening – YouTube. Bumping up to version 5.1.1, YouTube didn't get an official change log, but there are a few things worth discussing briefly (before Artem does his teardown magic, anyway).

First up, YouTube has a new permission for receiving data from the internet, which it uses to give you new video notifications.

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The YouTube front page also shows a promoted video front and center now.


Besides that, the update comes with handling for http://m.youtube.com/ URLs that's a little bit broken – clicking an m.youtube.com link will give you YouTube as an option, but then bounce back to the browser. Hopefully this quirk gets resolved in a future update.

Moving along, video lists have a new contextual menu that allows users to share and add to select lists, rather than simply adding to "watch later."

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Users can also clear their watch history right from the overflow menu up top.


Finally, what is perhaps the smallest tweak in the update – users who try to subscribe to their own channel will be greeted with a new message: "Cannot subscribe to your own channel." Before, the app allowed users to hit the button and behaved as though they'd subscribed to themselves.


As usual, we've got the APK for those unwilling to sit around while the staged rollout completes. Hit the link below to grab the update, and keep an eye out for our teardown.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • jake044

    I wish there was a way to access your inbox, see top comments, and reply to comments.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I'm sure it's coming, at least the replying part, as everything will be G+ powered.

      • jake044

        Oh, right. Makes sense.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii
  • jonathan3579

    Is it just me or does the app feel a lot smoother all around?

  • blahmoomoo

    Odd, the update I got didn't ask for any new permissions, unless that permission is trivial enough (maybe when combined with the ability to access the Internet already) to not require the Play Store to ask before updating.

    I don't see a promoted video front and center in What to watch, but I assume that doesn't always happen. Just happens based on activity or whatever algorithm they use.

    Nice little changes overall, though the quick "add to watch later" option was nice while it lasted. Oh well, I can see why having the option to add to any list is superior. At least I just need to do one more tap.

  • navjot

    Damn, I actually liked being able to quickly add videos to watch later. Now it's an extra tap, and the button moves around as it loads your lists. Oh well, the rest of the update is nice.

  • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

    Any idea why they do a staged roll-out? Is it just so their servers don't get overwhelmed? Perhaps as they continue to expand data centers, it'll make rolling-out updates either faster or obsolete altogether.

    However, don't take this as a complaint. Just remember what Louis C.K. said: "It's going to space!! Give it a minute!!"

    • blahmoomoo

      The one reason I can think of: if there is a crippling bug that they missed before release, only some people have it instead of everybody.

      The time period for these staged releases seems very large for just that purpose though.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      See today's Gmail update that boot loops entire devices for some people. That's what they're trying to avoid by doing slow rollouts.

      • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

        Fair enough, thanks Artem and Blahmoomoo, that's a good point.

      • dhruva

        if i remember correctly, they said at google i/o that even with staged rollouts you have to complete the entire process to push a new apk with bugs resolved..

        • Kie

          If true that would make staged rollouts pointless

        • bozzykid

          That makes no sense.

  • Giacu

    I received the update last night (Australian time) and my app version says 5.1.9 rather than 5.1.1
    isn't 5.1.9 a newer version?

    on Android 4.1.2

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      5.1.10 is the new version.

  • randy

    where is (pull to refresh) on My subscriptions page, etc

  • Alexei Watson

    Why google don't use their own beta feature with their own apps is beyond me.

    The crowd that gets pissed about waiting for updates, are the exact same crowd that would be happy if we got to try them first, without waiting.

    • Daveon Jackson

      Someone should give you a gawd damn cookie, because you are 100% right.

    • Vevek Selvam

      What makes you think they aren't? They may be using it internally and share their community for app testing internally.

      • squiddy20

        And yet they still miss (somewhat) major bugs like the m.youtube.com URL... If AP (or the reader(s) who submitted the info) can find this error minutes/hours after the app begins to roll out, Google obviously can't do simple bug checking.

  • sourabh sekhar

    Kitkat is coming!

  • Xemion

    Too many updates on google apps,probably they are just updating them to 4.4

  • Pedro4Prez

    Viral ftw

    • merman1983

      Fan of Viral - in past week or so my Subscriptions/Watch Later don't come through if i log in. Hopefully Google isn't blocking the apps access or maybe this update borked something? Either way it's easy enough to share videos to Viral.

      Only options I'd want for Viral is to have media controls (i.e. headphone buttons) control the playback and to pause when a phone call comes in. Really minor issue compared to the awesome of having a video continue playing with the screen off/floating over other apps.

      Only option I really want with the YouTube app is the option to start up with my Subscription list or Watch Later. I KNOW WHAT TO WATCH kthx.

  • Rolf

    The pull out menu isn't working for me. Only a grey bar.

    • tadzio

      Same here. Broken in Germany?

    • Rolf

      It's working now (downloaded from Google Play).

  • Leif Sikorski

    Can't recommend an early download. Since the APK installation it won't connect to my YT Account anymore, even after deinstalling the update and clearing the app data and cache. I'm using a S4 (Stock).
    There is a good reason that they do staged rollouts.

    • doppelhelix

      This happens also by installing from Google play :(

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I hit some issues with YouTube not loading the sidebar menu at all on both new and old versions on multiple devices. I think the problem is server-side.

    • Simon Andersen

      There also seems to be some problems with their website, where it sometimes won't load :/ It must be more than just the app..

  • cabbiebot

    Hoping soon that it will support multiple YouTube accounts. Right now, you have to sign in and out if you want to upload a video from the app to a particular account.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Today i was sitting in a pretty epic HSDPA area hitting speeds of 25mbps, on my break i wanted to watch a video on YouTube but then all i could see was pixelated crap called 'high quality'. WHY HAVEN'T THEY DONE ANYTHING ABOUT THIS YET?!

    • Varadha Raju

      Yeah, I am facing the same :(

  • Help needed

    please, does someone know how to hide the annotations in the videos?


    stupid comments!