Google introduced picture-in-picture mode for slew of its applications including YouTube in November last year. However, the feature was restricted to those who have opted for Premium subscription.
However, now it seems that the company is finally rolling out the PiP mode to it’s non-premium users as well. According to a report by XDA Developers, YouTube is rolling out the feature to selected users in the US. The report highlights that the update is a server-side and it is rolling to random users in the country.
There will be a toggle in the Settings menu that will allow users to continue to watch videos when they press home button. However, it is important to note that the uploader can restricted the access for picture-in-picture mode and currently most of the music videos won’t work in this mode.
Previously, YouTube revealed that it is planning to soft-launch its latest music streaming service soon. YouTube Music is a revamped version of its existing music service, the YouTube Red, that will offer on-demand music, similar to what we have seen in Spotify or Apple Music.
YouTube Music has thousands of playlists, the official versions of millions of songs, albums, artist radio and more, in addition to all the music videos, people expect from YouTube. The company has announced that the music service is free, though it has introduced a YouTube Music Premium, which is a paid membership for $9.99 per month. Users will be able to download music for offline listening and it will also play in the background. The service will offer ad-free music experience.