YouTube appears to be working on a new and easier way to help users skip a certain part of videos on its platform, as AndroidPolice revealed, that it is testing a gesture where users can tap and hold, then swipe towards the right or left part of the screen to navigate through the video.
Currently, users need to tap on the screen to bring up the progress bar and then tap and hold to cycle through the video, and the gesture was introduced last year to replace the ability to tap anywhere on the search bar to skip the video, however, this was frustrating for users especially when The click was accidental.
With the new gesture, users will see a 'swipe left or right to search' message above the video to confirm that the gesture is turned on and not accidental.
In other news, the company announced the YouTube Shorts Fund, a $100 million fund for creators. YouTube says the fund will be used to reward creators for their viral videos from 2021 to 2022.
The batch will start from this same month (August) and YouTube will reach out to qualified content creators. Under the program, content creators can earn anywhere from $100 to $10,000 on YouTube.