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Google accidentally pushes internal YouTube update to everyone

In a process known as dogfooding, Google has pushed out a big update to the YouTube app to its employees for internal testing. The only problem is that someone hit the wrong button and the update got pushed OTA to, well, everyone. If you haven't received the OTA update we've got the APK link for you below.

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Whoops! That logo doesn't look right: the internal test version of YouTube goes live. / © AndroidPIT

The update pushes YouTube from v5.3.32 all the way up to v5.5.26 and add some UI tweaks along with the internal-only dogfood options in the settings, where you'll find options for ExoPlayer, including enabling the caching of video streams. There's also some minor changes in design, with an expanded hamburger menu for Playlists which now actually shows all of your playlists in a separate sub-heading and a reversion to the side-by-side video thumbnail with title on the Videos, Playlists and Channels screens (rather than the series of large cards in the last version).

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The additional settings option for internal testing purposes. / © Android Police

Not surprisingly, after the tech world blew up with this gaff (which joined several others yesterday in Google's other various updates), the big G pushed another update, to v5.5.27 to remove the dogfood options. If you've been asleep during all of this and want to check out the dogfood version changes yourself, you can install the 5.5.26 APK via Android Police, who have also done a nice teardown of all the changes they found in the new update. Enjoy!

What do you think of this mistake? Do you like the changes brought about by the update?

Source: Android Police


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  • Gooden718 Mar 18, 2014 Link to comment

    Ok thanks. I downloaded the 27 version

  • Gooden718 Mar 14, 2014 Link to comment

    Which version is better?

    • The dogfood version has a few bugs that people are reporting on (hence being for internal testing!), but we'll get a stable version soon enough. The update rolled out very quickly afterwards, so unless you denied the update you'd already have the new version without the additional options.

  • I am waiting for the update !! :)

    • Loie Favre
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      Mar 14, 2014 Link to comment

      Which one? The one to fix the mess up or the one giving you more internal rights?

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