YouTube for Android shows signs of background playback coming

If you’re too cheap to spring for a paid subscription to Spotify or the like, sometimes the easiest way to hear a particular song, right when you want to listen to it, is to pull the track up on YouTube. While that gets the job done, the experience you get with the Android YouTube app leaves a bit to be desired. After all, it’s designed for video playback, and as such doesn’t give you much in the way of options for keeping a clip’s audio going in the background. It looks like that’s soon about to change, with hidden settings in the latest YouTube APK revealing just such a feature.

Beyond just keeping a video playing as you browse throughout the YouTube app, the hidden text strings indicate much more elaborate support for background playback. That means not only can you keep a video’s audio going while you navigate through other apps on your phone, but keep the music coming even when you turn your screen off.

That’s a huge deal, and could really change how a lot of Android users access music on their phones. There’s no word just when the ability will arrive, but all the pieces appear to be in place, just waiting for Google to switch them on.

Source: Android Police

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