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.
If you want to play with the new YouTube for big screens, head here. (more…)
Over on Google Play, the latest screenshots posted for the official YouTube app show off a feature which isn’t actually available for regular users. The feature is an Offline Mode, which has been discussed over the course of the past few months dating back to September in 2013, but has yet to come to fruition from Google. (more…)
We are starting to see 1440p as a quality option in YouTube for Android, as long as the video uploader has made their videos available at that resolution. Back in June, the YouTube Android app received an update that first introduced quality settings, but at the time was limited to a max setting of 720p. As June rolled on, users started to see 1080p pop-up, but this is the first time we are seeing 1440p.
As you can imagine, I am only seeing the 1440p option on my LG G3, since it has a display resolution that can actually handle a video with that type of quality. On my Nexus 5 and HTC One (M8), 1080p is the top option. (more…)
Over the last couple of days, Google issued updates to YouTube, Android Device Manager, and Google+. In tow with the new versions are little more than minor usability improvements and minor stylistic enhancements. Complete design transformations are probably a ways off – closer to Android L’s finalization, most likely – and there aren’t any overt signs that certain highly anticipated features are nearing the implementation stage. Still, we’ll take what we can get. (more…)
YouTube chose VidCon as the venue to drop a few bombshells. In addition to a Creator Studio app for video makers to manage their content and view analytics, the Google-owned company also announced a few big additions to the website: high-framerate video, fan funding, and an expanded Audio Library, among others. (more…)
If you are looking for one of the quickest ways to listen to your favorite artists, Google has you covered. A simple Google Search for the artist name will bring up not only information, images, and news for that artist, but there will also be a list of apps on your device capable of playing that artist immediately. Tap your favorite music service, and bam, you are taken to the artist page or list of results within the app to get you listening away.
As you can see from my screenshots, apps like YouTube and Google Music were both listed, but other services like iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Rdio should also be supported.
Give it a try, if you are in the US. (more…)
YouTube received an update last night to v5.7.36 that includes one major new feature – video quality playback. In the past, YouTube on mobile would only allow you to toggle between standard and high quality streams, but with the new update, you can manually choose anything from 144p up to 720p. An Auto mode exists as well, just like it does on the web, so assuming your connection is proper, I would imagine that it will default to 720p. There are also options for 240p and 360p.
Download way. (more…)
Over the weekend, a report from Variety suggested that Google was in the final stages to announce plans to buy video game streaming service Twitch for roughly $1 billion. A separate report from the Wall Street Journal, who must have much different sources, claims that the deal is still early, and that Twitch may decline whatever offer is made, opting for additional funding instead of selling off the company to Google. (more…)