You can watch YouTubes in Google+ Hangouts, which is a pretty fun feature, but you haven’t been able to share a complete playlist of videos that lets you watch a series of clips. Selecting them one by one is a pain in the butt. Now you can let all of your friends do the hard work thanks to a new app from from YouTube.
Here’s what the team had to say about it today:
Create, control, save and even share playlists of videos with your friends—all inside a Hangout. Just start a Hangout, have everyone load the YouTube app at the top of the screen, and start adding videos. It’s like your own VIP table at the world’s coolest YouTube party.
This is great in the case that you want to queue up a bunch of music videos or some of your favorite cat clips. Now you can just use the YouTube app to set it and forget it.
In addition, the app allows people to interact with the playlists. You can even save the playlist back to your YouTube account for later viewing:
Everyone can add videos in the Hangout through a search tool in the app, or remove the videos you don’t like. All your friends in the Hangout can drag and drop videos to sort the order in the playlist, or skip forward or backward to play the next one. Click the “Push to talk” button to chat with the group to give props to the best curator, or to hand out reprimands to the friend who keeps adding the 10-hour Nyan Cat video.
This is the perfect example of an integration that makes Google look like more of a social powerhouse with each release. This new app is available worldwide in 60+ languages and takes all of the hard work that the YouTube team has put into playlists inside of Google+ Hangouts.
Unfortunately, you can’t share this out to Google+ Hangouts on Air, just live conversations at this time. This probably has to do with the authorship of the videos and rebroadcasting them.