Experimental Feature in Testing Could Make GIFs Out of Your Favorite YouTube Videos

An experimental YouTube feature, so far only spotted on a single channel, allows users to create 6 second GIFs from any part of a video. Using the feature is quite easy, having only to hit the “Share” button, then select “GIF.”

From here, simply drag the scrubber across the section of the video you want to be turned into a GIF. This could be done for when people make funny faces, someone hits a tree on a swing, or anything else that might be funny.  (more…)

YouTube Gets Its Material Design Update With Version 6.0.11

YouTube is the latest in Google’s suite of apps to be blessed with a Material Design makeover. The app was updated this afternoon with a fresh coat of intensely red paint, improved navigation panel, and updated colors throughout. We haven’t found much new in terms of functionality, so this may just be the update to bring the look of YouTube in line with the rest of Google’s apps (outside of Hangouts).

The app is slowly rolling out through Google Play, as is the case with most Google apps these days, so if you don’t see it in your My Apps section with an update available, feel free to sideload it using the link below.

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YouTube Music Key Beta Now Live, Includes Offline and Background Playback

Google promised offline and background playback as a part of of its new YouTube Music Key subscription service, but didn’t provide a timeline of availability or specify whether all users would be able to take advantage at first. Apparently, today is the day and it’s going live indiscriminately; we’ve corroborated reports on reddit of options appearing in the YouTube app to play audio in the background and download videos. Most people who signed up for the Music Key beta (or who have All Access subscriptions) are seeing the new features. (more…)

HomeTube Launched to Google Play, a Kid-friendly YouTube Video Launcher

Chris Lacy, the developer behind apps such as Link Bubble and Action Launcher, released a new application called HomeTube to Google Play this morning. The app is essentially a launcher for children, where parents can program “safe” categories for kids to browse through on YouTube.

When first downloaded, a preselected assortment of categories are available (Spider Man cartoons, Superman flying, The Wiggles song), but for the price of $0.99, the parent can select their own categories to choose for the child.  (more…)

Google to Rename All Access to Google Play “Music Key,” Introduce YouTube Music Key Alongside

According to a new leak, Google may look to rebrand Google Play Music All Access soon. Not only rebrand, but introduce an entirely new service alongside it. Thanks to information posted by Android Police, more details are being leaked which cover a possibly upcoming service called YouTube Music Key. Upon YT Music Key’s unveiling, Google will rename All Access to Google Play Music Key, then promote the two services alongside one another for one monthly fee.  (more…)

Google Rolls Out New YouTube App for TVs, Makes It All More Easy to Find

Google announced this morning that they have begun rolling out a new YouTube app for TV that has been designed for the big screen. They started initially with the XBOX One, but will roll the new app out to other streaming devices over the following weeks.

The new app makes everything easy to find and navigate, thanks to slideout guide on the left side, just like the one you will find on phones and tablets. Once signed in, you can access your subscriptions or recommendations, open playlists and as Google suggests in their blog post, essentially turn your TV into whatever you need it to be.

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