Through Google Meet Live Sharing YouTube Music might get group listening

You can use Google Meet to co-watch YouTube videos with other meeting participants through Meet live sharing..!!  Last year in August, Google Meet for Android introduced a feature that helps you co-watch videos on YouTube, curate a playlist on Spotify, and play games together. YouTube Music is now reformist support for Google Meet Live Sharing.

In this “APK Insight” post, we’ve decompiled the latest version of an application that Google uploaded to the Play Store. When we decompile these files (called APKs, in the case of Android apps), we’re able to see various lines of code within that hint at possible future features. Keep in mind that Google may or may not ever ship these features, and our interpretation of what they are may be imperfect. We’ll try to enable those that are closer to being finished, however, to show you how they’ll look in case they do ship. With that in mind, read on – 9to5google.

In the case of YouTube, having the video app open for everyone (Android users for now) on a call and Meet appears as a Picture-in-Picture window.  This capability “allows all meeting participants to interact with the content that’s being shared.”

Everyone in the meeting can pause, rewind, and forward the video for all participants when it plays.

Version 5.42.50 of YouTube Music features a pair of strings for Live Sharing, though it could just be shared code from the main app.

string name=”co_watch_status_bar_text”>You are live sharing in Meet</string>

string name=”co_watch_status_bar_ready_to_watch_text”>Choose content to use Live Share. Playback is synced.</string>

When sharing is active it describes the status bar that appears at the bottom of an app. “Playback is synced” is the one description we have today of how Live Sharing will work in YouTube Music, but this should be a rather straightforward capability. YouTube’s Live Share can be activated from inside a Google Meet call, or by going to a video and opening the system Share sheet, and selecting “Meet live sharing.”

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