Image credit – 9to5Google

On mobile devices, YouTube has a picture-in-picture feature which allows users to keep watching their current video while browsing other content. However this feature isn’t available on the web, although given that it is pretty easy to open multiple browser tabs on your desktop/laptop this isn’t much of an issue.

However for those who might prefer keeping everything in one tab, the folks at 9to5Google have discovered that YouTube is testing out a picture-in-picture mode for the web. As you can see in the screenshot above, the feature is pretty straightforward and is reminiscent of the feature on mobile devices.

This is where users can minimize a YouTube video where it will now exist floating at the bottom of the user’s window while they are free to browse other videos without interrupting the playback. At the moment it appears that this is a test that is limited to a very small amount of users, so if you don’t see it then chances are you are not one of them.

It is a pretty nifty idea to bring onto desktops although like we said, given that this is a test it is unclear if YouTube will go through with it, although we are hoping that they will and we’ll keep our eyes peeled for more information if and when it launches.

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