YouTube has added a voice command input function, which can be used to search for queries or browse videos on streaming media platforms. Voice commands can be used to find videos on the platform, browse results or pages, and play content. According to the report, this function can also recognize natural language commands for easy operation. Last month, the video streaming platform also added HDR support for real-time streaming. Easy to use, the new UI function is very similar to the voice search function on Android or iOS.

To use hands-free navigation commands, click the microphone icon on the right side of the search bar. This will open a box on the screen with the text “Listening”. You need to enter audio commands here. If you are playing a video, YouTube will automatically pause it for voice commands. There is another microphone icon at the bottom of the new screen. You can use it to temporarily disable or enable speech-to-text.

Users can select multiple languages ​​to execute voice commands. I try to search my query in English and Malayalam. Before the search result page opens, the query record will be displayed in the box. To my surprise, the microphone even accurately captured Malayalam voice commands and displayed the desired result.

If you give a command to say “Play Lynyrd Skynyrd”, it will immediately start playing the random songs of the band. But, instead, if you just say “Lynyrd Skynyrd” in the voice command, it will open the band’s official page (related to the search query) and display a list of its albums and songs, and you can choose which one to play.

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According to a 9to5Google report, search is smart enough to recognize natural language commands. For example, “show me videos of cute cats” will only search for “videos of cats”.

The audio command function on YouTube.com can also be used to browse other areas of the website. You can enter a query like “show me my subscription” or “what’s new in my subscription”, which will take you directly to your subscription page. You can also search for “show my media library” or “show my viewing history”, and the app will take you to the corresponding page.

Last month, YouTube added HDR quality support for live streaming videos, allowing viewers to stream HDR content on any supported device.


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