If you would have logged into your Google Plus account in last couple of days, you might have noticed a Youtube icon on right hand side of Google Plus screen. When you move your mouse on top of it, this YouTube icon slides inside the Google+ window and ask you “What would you like to Play?”. This is the new integration between Youtube and Google+ which allows you watch Youtube videos right within Google+ based on your topic of interest. Google announced this “YouTube slider” on its Official blog citing it as an “aim of bringing YouTube directly into Google+ as well as make it easier to watch and share your favorites”. Few months ago, Google allowed users to launch Hangouts directly from YouTube.
How “YouTube Slider” for Google+ works?
To watch YouTube videos in Google+, just move your mouse on the YouTube slider in Google+. In the Slider window you can enter whatever you would like to play for e.g. any topic, video, artist etc and hit Enter. It will open up a new pop up window and start playing related video and also shows a playlist of other videos matching your search query.
New PopOut Window for YouTube
In this new Popout window, you can select and play other videos from the playlist shown below the main video and can also see ‘Now Playing’ list. You can also +1 the video and share it on Google+ by clicking the “Share” button on the top of main video. YouTube Search Slider always remain on the top of this popout window for you to perform searches.
YouTube Popout Window Controls in Google+
After YouTube popout window is opened and starts playing the video, you can minimize it or can also move it. You can always control the playlist from Google+ main window. Control buttons allows you to view the currently played video, play and pause the track and also allows you to move to next video in the playlist. It especially helps, if you are listening to songs by your favorite artist.
Other Additional updates
- YouTube playlists will appear in Google+ search results now.
- Google has also released 2 chrome extensions for Google+.
- +1 button : allows users to +1 any webpage and share it with circles.
- Notifications: Google+ notifications will start appearing in the chrome while you’re browsing web.
Announcing these new features, Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President at Google wrote that there are lot many new features to come for Google+, YouTube and Chrome.