YouTube has announced new updates to its search function that it says will make it easier for users to search and find new content on its platform. Google’s proprietary video sharing platform will have more visual search capabilities – such as the ability to view chapters in a video – and better foreign language video recommendations. However, users will only be recommended videos with subtitles in their local language. YouTube search results will also show complementary Google Search results with links to other sites and formats.
YouTube’s new features were announced via a blog post. The video sharing platform hasn’t announced the exact release date for these features, but Gadgets 360 was able to check out some of the features. Google’s proprietary platform will show its users a thumbnail of the video and thumbnail of its chapters with timestamps. This will allow users to jump directly to the part of the video they are most interested in.
The YouTube blog post offers an example: “Let’s say you’re looking for a good yeast dough recipe and you want to work on your kneading technique. With these new search results, you can see every step of the video from feeding the starter until you pull the bread out of the oven – and skip straight to the chapter on kneading. “
Another visual update to YouTube search is the ability to preview a snippet of a video before it starts. This functionality was previously only available in the desktop client. Now users will be able to get the same functionality while looking for a video in the mobile app.
YouTube will now also show video search results in languages other than the user’s native language. These foreign language videos will appear in the search if the user’s native language does not have the content they are looking for. These videos will be displayed with automatically generated subtitles, titles and descriptions. YouTube mentions that this functionality will start supplementing English videos first with other languages soon.
The blog post also mentions that it is “trying a new feature to supplement search results with website links and other Google Search formats.” This new feature will first be available to users in India and Indonesia. It can be expanded to other regions if YouTube gets positive feedback from users.
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