Watch YouTube videos in a floating window on Android

Wish your phone had the split-screen multitasking feature that is available on the Samsung Galaxy Note II? Now you can grab some of that functionality for YouTube videos.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

If you own an Android tablet, or just a phone with a huge screen, watching YouTube videos while you perform other tasks can be superconvenient. Perhaps you're checking e-mail and watching videos from your favorite band, or maybe you're watching a scene from a play and following along in the script. This split-screen feature is available on the Samsung Galaxy Note II, but hasn't rolled out to many other handsets. Ready to add more multitasking power to your device?


First you'll need to install a copy of Floating YouTube Popup Video on your Android device, then follow these steps:

Step 1: Open a video through the native YouTube app.

Step 2: Press the Share button at the top of the screen and then choose the Floating YouTube app from the list.

Step 3: Position or resize the floating YouTube window on your screen.

The video will float in its own movable window! Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

The controls for the video will be fully functional, but be warned that the video may restart after moving it around on some devices.

What do you think? Is splitting a small screen on a phone stretching the limits too far?

 

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