Update 2: Direct links – Google Play | YouTube
Update: Sony and Google announced this morning that The Interview will be available for rental ($6) or purchase ($15) starting today at 10AM Pacific (1PM Eastern). The controversial movie can be found through SeeTheInterview.com as well as Google Play, YouTube, and XBOX Video.
By now you have probably heard the story of Sony’s The Interview, a movie starring Seth Rogen and James “Flacco” Franco. And I don’t mean the actual plot line of the movie, I’m talking about Sony Pictures being hacked over the making of the movie, followed by threats of violence by hackers towards theaters and moviegoers who attended the movie’s showings, which led to the pulling of the picture by its makers, which eventually ended with President Barack Obama calling the move a “mistake.” We haven’t reported on the happenings of this Hollywood disaster, because well, it had nothing to do with Android. That is, until now. (more…)
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 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.
Oh, and have you subscribed to us on YouTube yet? The DL channel is growing faster than ever. Subscribe here. (more…)
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…)
What we expected in “weeks” was announced early this afternoon. Google took the wraps off YouTube Music Key, a paid streaming service which includes unlimited, ad-free access to music videos. If that is not enough, the search giant also unveiled a new dedicated tab for tunes on YouTube.com and the YouTube app. (more…)
According to a report from Financial Times, YouTube has reached a deal with Merlin, a group which represents nearly 20,000 indie labels, allowing YouTube to bring the countless number of artists which they represent to Google’s upcoming music service. (more…)
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…)
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…)