YouTube for iOS and Android feature the picture-in-picture option for quite some time now and it looks like YouTube is aiming to bring the same to the web as well. The company is currently testing out the feature on a small subset of users.
If this feature rolled out to your account, you will be able to start a video and then click anywhere on YouTube — including returning to the homepage, performing a search, or viewing a channel. The video will continue to play in a floating window in the bottom-right corner of the screen. Controls for the minimized window include play/pause, replay, or watch the next clip and the name of the video clip appears underneath, while full playlists can be viewed and scrolled by tapping an icon in the bottom-right corner.
This A/B test does not seem to feature any controls to enable/disable the floating video window beyond closing individual windows with a button in the top-right corner.
It’s unclear whether it will be the default like on the YouTube mobile apps or if users can shut it off completely. Meanwhile, this feature could be restricted to those with a YouTube Red subscription, like on the account that has PiP enabled. Performance is quite smooth, but YouTube could always decide to not launch the feature.
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