Google has a tough time bridging the gap between old Android users and the new ones. There are more than 70% of Android smartphones running on Gingerbread (Android 2.3) or lower even today. Gingerbread runs on about 57.5% of all Android devices currently. That’s a surprising stat when we consider the fact that there are two newer versions of Android (excluding Honeycomb). So it would behoove Google to still support the older versions of Android no matter what. And the company has done just that by updating the popular YouTube application which brings some new features to Froyo and Gingerbread smartphones. This is significant not only because there are plenty of devices running on the two versions of Android, but also because it shows that Google doesn’t want to leave them in the dark.
So what’s new with the app? Well, thanks to Google, Froyo and Gingerbread users will now enjoy the same privileges as ICS or Jelly Bean users as most of the features are now making way to these older versions. There’s also this interesting feature where users can buffer videos when on a faster internet connection and watch it later while on a slower data connection without having to wait for the buffering. Most of the UI elements from the ICS/Jelly Bean version of the app have been retained here. So Google is doing a good job of making users feel at home and in sync with the changes happening around the Android sphere.
Other features of the new app include the ability to check what’s trending and to use your mobile device as a remote when browsing YouTube through your PC or any other device. Android 4.0+ users shouldn’t be that excited as it doesn’t seem to bring anything substantial to the table. For now, it seems like Froyo and Gingerbread users can rejoice. But we don’t see this going on for long as Google would want to move ahead and look further into the future. Head over to the Google Play Store and download/update the app if you haven’t received a notification already. Let us know if you see any changes with app by dropping a line below.