Did Google Just Send Us All a YouTube 5.5.26 Update Meant to be Internally Dogfooded?

Sooooo, YouTube just updated on all sorts of devices, which often times prompts us to write it up. Thing is, today’s update is different than most as it appears to have been an update targeted to employees of Google. Once updated, you’ll see that the YouTube icon has changed to an icon with a bone inside, which means it is part of their “dogfooding” program. Dogfooding, meaning internal testing.  (more…)

Everything Google is Struggling at the Moment… (Updated)

It’s not you, it’s Google.

The dashboard is showing all things “green,” though. That is clearly wrong.

Update 11:19AM:  We have orange for Gmail!

Update 11:22AM:  Gmail is now sort of back. Can login to accounts, struggling with multiples, though. Contacts hating life. Hangouts won’t sign-in at all.

Update 1:00PM:  Gmail seems to mostly be up now after an hour or so of frustration. Everyone good?

We are seeing issues with Gmail, Google Apps, Hangouts, Google+, and more. Will update this post as things come back online.

Video: Android Design Team Talks Favorite Apps by Design, Including New Newstand and Timely

We are suckers for a well designed Android app, so from time to time we watch the Android team’s “Android Design in Action” show to see what kinds of tips they can offer to developers, to stay up-to-date on new design guidelines, and also to see what apps they find to be well-designed. In the latest episode that aired yesterday, a number of members from the design team took a turn at walking through some of their favorite apps. You’ll see one of our favorites, Timely (16:15), along with the new Play Newstand (6:15) app, Foursquare, Etsy (20:20) and others.  (more…)

Google’s YouTube Reportedly Launching Subscription Music Video Service

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According to multiple sources, YouTube is looking to announce a fancy new subscription service, allowing users to check out on-demand music videos on both desktop and mobile platforms. As you should already know, Google recently launched a music subscription service earlier this year at Google I/O, named All Access. YouTube stated earlier this year that they did have a product to unveil later this year, so it is starting to look like a subscription service could be it.  (more…)

YouTube for Android Updated to 5.1.10 – New Video Notifications and Google Ads Included

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The wave of Google app updates continues to roll in today, with YouTube now joining the party. The Play store listing has yet to update and tell us what is new, but after opening the app, we noticed a couple of things almost immediately. The first, was a listing at the top our timeline which showed as an advertisement from Google for Drive. We aren’t sure if we are only going to see Google ads like this after the update or if this is the beginning of a new advertising machine for any company. (more…)

YouTube Comments Soon Won’t be so Terrible Thanks to Google+

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This news isn’t necessarily Android-related, but YouTube is as big of a Google service as any, and we wanted to make sure you were aware. Comments on YouTube videos and in channel discussion tabs will no longer be quite as terrible thanks to the incorporation of Google+ comments. The discussion tab comment overhaul has already begun, but comments in actual video pages won’t rollout for some time, though you can see an example of what they will look like above.  (more…)

Google Looking to Add Offline Video Viewing to YouTube Mobile App Soon

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YouTube may do some questionable things every now and then, like changing their video settings user interface every 6th months, but for the most part Google likes to keep YouTube as a pretty high priority in their app lineup. Late last night, YouTube took to a blog post to announce a new feature that will be a welcome addition for video watchers on the go.  (more…)