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YouTube app teardown reveals subtitle support, fewer secrets

A teardown of the new YouTube app for Android reveals a KitKat feature is coming to the app for older versions of Android, and that Google is all too aware of app teardowns. Read on for more!
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January 17, 2014
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A teardown of the new YouTube app for Android reveals a KitKat feature is coming to the app for older versions of Android, and that Google is all too aware of app teardowns.

Ars Technica writer Ron Amadeo recently tore down the latest version of the YouTube app for Android, and found that it has a subtitle configuration tool inside. The app has a plethora of setting for configuring subtitles in YouTube videos, including text size, color, font, background color, and drop shadow. The setting is meant for devices running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or older, as KitKat already has subtitle support built into the OS in the accessibility options.

Amadeo also notes that Google pulled a few things out of the .apk for the YouTube app. Previous versions of the app hinted at future features such as a music pass, offline video playback, and background music playback. The removal of code hinting at those features doesn’t mean they aren’t still coming, it probably just means Google doesn’t want everyone knowing what features it has planned for the future.

Removing hints of future features from the code of an app is probably a good thing for everyone, as it means we don’t have to wait around for features we know Google is working on. The rumored YouTube music service and offline video playback have been floating around for months now, and they still haven’t arrived. It’s fun to see what Google and other companies are planning, but sometimes knowing a feature is coming and waiting months is worse than not knowing what’s coming next.

Excruciating wait times can lead to relief when the feature finally comes out, but isn’t it more fun to be surprised by cool new features once in a while?