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YouTube Quietly Explores Surprise Video Button for Shorts Through Sneak Testing

YouTube is testing a new feature that could help solve the problem of indecision when it comes to what to watch next. Some users have noticed a discreet play button that has appeared in the app. Its purpose? To add a touch of spontaneity by playing random Shorts videos tailored to your interests.

According to Android Police, the videos that are shown through this feature are mostly based on your YouTube history, liked videos, and the creators you’re subscribed to. It’s not a widespread release at this point, as YouTube has not officially announced it. Think of it as a secret menu item that is currently being tested with a small group of users. If it proves to be popular, the feature may become a permanent addition.

If you’re one of the lucky users selected for this test, you’ll notice the button located in the bottom right corner of your screen. When pressed, it will take you on a random adventure of recommended videos that YouTube thinks you’ll enjoy, based on your previous activity.

Interestingly, YouTube usually shares upcoming features and experiments on their test features page, where users can opt-in to try out new functionalities. However, this surprise play button is not listed among those trials, making it a bit of a mystery.

While you ponder this new feature, it’s worth noting that YouTube has been busy with other developments. They have been working on AI-generated video summaries for creators and giving them more control over comments. Additionally, they are testing the ability to pause comments, allowing creators to stop new comments on individual videos while still keeping existing ones visible. This offers a middle ground between full moderation and disabling comments entirely.

But let’s get back to the button. It could be just the thing for those moments when you want YouTube to surprise you with new content. So keep an eye out, because you never know – your YouTube app might be the next to receive this random play of fate.

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