In a rumor from earlier this month, Google TV was said to be integrating Fitbit/Wear OS, Nest Audio, and smart home technology. Now that YouTube Shorts and a split-screen mode for YouTube TV have been announced, more information is available.
Google reportedly informed partners last month about a number of impending upgrades for the YouTube clients on Android and Google TV, according to Protocol today.
A Mosaic Mode is reportedly coming to YouTube TV, which recently passed 5 million subscribers and trialers. This mode will divide the TV screen into four quadrants, allowing subscribers to view up to four live feeds simultaneously. This split screen mode is especially suitable for simultaneously watching athletic events because it will likely allow two or three different video setups.
There are currently no more specifics available, though live feeds may be referring to channels rather than Mosaic’s limited availability for some programming (like to offer multiple views). YouTube TV will presumably refrain from severe video cropping and just provide one audio stream at a time.
The arrival of YouTube Shorts for televisions with letterboxing and controls to the right of the vertical video is the other significant development in the meantime:
The name of the song included in the video, the title of the mock-up slide, which was shown to the audience of Google’s partner event and was leaked to Protocol, displayed a vertical video in the center of the screen with simple access to up-and-down thumbs off to the side.
Partners were made aware of these features in the context of Android/Google TV. However, YouTube often keeps feature parity across platforms, so this ought to be available everywhere the large screen YouTube app is offered. To be honest, the split screen feature on YouTube TV would be fantastic on Android tablets, the iPad, and the web.
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