YouTube for Android 5.2.27 available for download, offline video playback not yet enabled

by: Chris SmithOctober 22, 2013

YouTube Android App

After seeing Google Play Store for Android being updated to version 4.4.21 the other day, it’s now time for another Android app update – this time it’s YouTube for Android 5.2.27.

Spotted by Android Police, the YouTube update is being “quietly” rolled out by Google, but you can manually update to version 5.2.27 by grabbing the APK yourself (check out the Source link below).

The offline support feature that YouTube for Android is supposed to get is still not here, and from the looks of it this is a pretty “boring” update.

However, the publication took apart the APK, digging for more clues regarding upcoming features for the app and discovered that YouTube for Android will offer background audio support.


That means you’ll be able to start a video in the YouTube app and then use other apps, or even turn off the display (especially useful when using YouTube to listen to stuff instead of actually watching video). The feature will not be available though on YouTube for Android 5.2.27.

Furthermore, code strings have also been discovered suggesting that the offline video playback feature is going to soon be available on Android devices – we’re looking at messages that the application will display when offering users the choice of adding and/or removing videos to the offline queue.

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    • MadCowOnAStick

      if you know how to type, go on and search “youtube”

      • Midnitte

        Majority of people won’t see the new update on the market as it’s being (to quote the article) “the YouTube update is being “quietly” rolled out by Google, but you can manually update to version 5.2.27 by grabbing the APK yourself (check out the Source link below).”

        • MadCowOnAStick

          nvm it’s only 5.1.10 on google play

    • RanRu
  • RanRu

    YouTuve used to have background audio way back in the days of Froyo, then they took it away. So while I’m pleasantly surprised, I’m not really impressed. Offline video sounds promising, though.

  • Midnitte

    Strangely I don’t see the option for background audio in general with the new APK. (CM 10.2 on a gnexus)

    • Joey Colclough

      Has to be switched on at Google’s end, as far as I’m aware

    • XxDrOiD tEcH

      Me too!
      if you found what’s the problem or it’s not featured in this version, please inform me

  • AndroidBrian

    Hurry up with offline support! So I can uninstall Tubemate

  • Dimitar Gospodinov

    the background playback is the only thing I am very happy about…whohooo

  • Groud Frank

    I’ll just wait for the update. Not worth the effort of downloading the APK and updating.

  • Vishal Khedkar

    When the post is about any app, please always provide a direct link to it on the Play Store at the end. Please!

  • Its really a good way to download YouTube video. But i think Freedi is the best way to download and store YouTube videos. It also gives you an option to download it as MP3.

  • Walter

    There’s a really easy way to download from youtube guys (not only youtube, but vimeo, vevo and many other video streaming sites). All you need to do is to add the letter dl to the url of the video before the name of the site (so it stays dlyoutube, dlvimeo and etc). Press enter and get automatically sent to the downloader’s site =)