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YouTube is now eight years old, and decided to thank all of its users for helping it reach this milestone.
While the service won’t be closing on its eighth anniversary, as the joke went on April Fools Day, the blog post does mention a fascinating fact — over 100 hours of video content are getting uploaded every minute (a pretty amazing figure, you have to admit). The blog post also reminded us the previously known fact that it has over a billion users every month.
The post links to some examples of what YouTube can do, including offering access to news (the example is some surveillance video footage related to the Boston bombings) or offer answers to questions (with a video on how big is the Universe provided to prove the point).
Of course, it would have been impossible not to mention the extremely annoying (for some) Gangnam Style, which serves to show the influence of YouTube, at its current 1.6 billion views (and growing).
What will the next eight years bring?
The Google-owned video service still has a lot of room to grow from here. There have been rumors of the service going into the streaming music business, which certainly makes sense, given that the success of artists nowadays is measured in the number of YouTube views their music videos get.
Still, the most important direction in which YouTube will develop over the next few years seems to be paid subscriptions. The pilot program for paid subs has already started, and, with more content providers presumably joining in the future, it could totally change the way we consume video.
What do you think the future will bring for YouTube?
We’ve been hearing a lot of different reports and rumors lately regarding what Google could have planned for YouTube. Obviously YouTube isn’t showing any signs of slowing down, but they might as well improve it and capitalize on the billions of viewers, right? Today we’re hearing YouTube will announce paid channel subscriptions soon, possibly sometime this week.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of paid content on YouTube, and that isn’t just for videos either. There’s been multiple reports last month that they might launch a paid music streaming channel, which could be deeply integrated into Google Music and Android, and that’s just one of many rumors.
According to the New York Times, YouTube’s subscription option is real, and actually coming soon. While we don’t have the details, certain limited video makers will be able to charge a monthly subscription for viewers to enjoy their content. While this is great for revenue, the free aspect is one of the best parts of YouTube if you ask us.
This isn’t for everyone though, and will probably be limited. News organizations, and extremely popular channels that make their own unique content like sxephil and the Philip Defranco Show could take part, and not just anyone. We could also see this being the bigger picture and paid music streaming will simply be one aspect of this. Reports suggest channels will start at .99 per month.
Would you join a video subscription service on YouTube if it had quality content? Maybe for the right price if they offer a cheaper mobile-only subscription? We’re hearing there could be nearly 50 already in the works with Google.
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Honestly, I don’t take a lot of videos on my BlackBerry Z10. I’m more of a picture taking person. For those of you out there though that do take a lot of videos, there’s always the issue of what to do with your videos after you’ve taken them. You can save them to your computer by directly pulling them off or use BlackBerry Link to sync them but of course, you then have to decide what to do with them after that. If you’re more of the sharing type, you’ll likely opt to offload them directly to YouTube to share with friends and family. Luckily, BlackBerry 10 has that feature built right in and it’s all very straight forward to use. Check out the video above to see exactly how it’s all done.
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YouTube has posted an unexpected video on its own channel earlier today, reminding everyone that for the last eight years the purpose of the website was find the best video around.
Not many users are probably aware of this and many people have probably forgotten about the competition, but today is the last day for submitting your video and hoping for your chance of winning an MP3 player and a 0 stipend to go into your future creative endeavor. The prize will be awarded in 10 years from now, in 2013, when the site will reopen to only show the winning video.
In addition to reminding users about the contest, YouTube further explained how the winning video will be chosen by its team of dedicated engineers. Apparently every video ever uploaded to the site will be reviewed by a team of 30,000 technicians who will choose a short list for the best video on YouTube.
A final panel comprised of film critics, YouTube celebrities and prolific commentators will actually get to choose the best video and views won’t matter that much. Whether is the official Gangnam Style video that got a bazillion hits or the video of a man feeding bread to a dog that got around 40 hits, they all have an equal chance to win the top prize.
A bunch of well-known YouTube personas also appear in Google’s official video, talking about their hopes of winning the top spot on YouTube, see for yourself:
Naturally, since we have an established presence on YouTube ourselves, we surely hope that one of our videos will actually be selected as the winner. Sadly though, you won’t be able to watch our videos after today – except for the one of them in case it does win the contest – so better grab a coffee and check them all out before Google deletes them.
Note: yes, this is one of Google’s April Fools Day jokes that hit the web a day earlier and yes, we’re aware it’s a joke. No, YouTube is not going anywhere, and yes, we’ll continue to put out great videos for you to enjoy, so don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel. And yes, those are Apple iMacs in the video above whose logos have been hidden.
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I took delivery of my new SmartStick, from American company FAVI Entertainment, just a few days ago and to be honest I was expecting to see yet another run-of-the-mill Android mini computer that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV… I couldn’t have been more wrong! On the outside the FAVI SmartStick looks a lot like other Android mini computers, an over-sized flash drive but with a HDMI connector at the end. The build quality is excellent and the device doesn’t creak or groan when handled (often a sure sign of cheap plastic and bad manufacturing). The real surprise, however, comes when you switch it on… but I am getting ahead of myself.
Before looking at how the SmartStick works, it is worth noting the specification. The SmartStick comes in two models, the .99 4GB version and the .99 8GB model. Both have a single core Cortex-A9 ARM CPU running at 1GHz. The rest of the specs look like this:
Connecting up the device is simplicity itself. First the SmartStick plugs into the HDMI port on your TV. If the port is a little inaccessible on your TV, then the SmartStick comes with a small extension cable which allows the device to be plugged in away from the TV. Next the infrared receiver needs to be plugged in (as the signals from the remote won’t reach the back of your TV), this needs to be positioned anywhere on the front or in the front of your TV. It even includes a small sticky pad to fix it in place. Finally the power needs connecting. The SmartStick is powered by a mini USB cable (which is included) that plugs into a USB mains charger (also included).
The software is the real secret to the SmartStick’s brilliance. Other Android mini PC sticks and other Android media players use stock Android, which although we love and is very familiar to us, isn’t actually designed for TVs! Trying to perform touch gestures (like swiping) using a remote control or mouse isn’t easy! The SmartStick uses a special UI built on top of Android that is remote control friendly. The ‘Home’ screen gives you access to recently accessed apps along with any widgets that you have added. From here you can navigate (using the arrows on the remote) to dedicated sections of the user interface for Apps, Browser, Video, Music, Photos and Setting.
The Apps section displays a grid of the applications installed. The arrow keys in the remote are used to select and app and then pushing ’Enter’ starts the app. The device has full Google Play support and during my tests I was able to install apps like Angry Birds, YouTube and some benchmarking programs without any problems. The FAVI SmartStick also supports Netflix, HBO Go, Crackle, TuneIn Radio etc, all of which can be installed from the Google Play Store.
There is a ‘Home’ key on the remote which takes you back to, yes you guessed it, the Home screen. The Browser icon starts up the standard Android 4.0 built-in browser and the Video, Music and Photo icons find and display media files from either the internal flash memory itself, or from a USB flash drive plugged into the USB port or from a SD card in the slot. Videos play without any problems using the built-in video player and if needed other video players from the Google Play Store can be installed. The Settings icon takes you to the standard Android setting screen where you can connect to a different Wi-Fi network, uninstall apps, monitor the storage space and so on.
Wireless Keyboard with Mouse Touchpad
One of the accessories available for the SmartStick is the FAVI Wireless Keyboard with Mouse Touchpad. This neat little unit contains a small qwerty keyboard and track pad that work wirelessly with a small USB dongle which is inserted into the SmartStick. If the SmartStick used the standard Android user interface this device, or at least a USB mouse, would be absolutely essential for controlling the device, but since the SmartStick software is very remote control friendly the wireless keyboard unit is truly optional. There are a couple of scenarios where it would be useful: 1) If you do a lot of web browsing and want to enter URLs directly into the browser. 2) If you want to play games or use apps where using a mouse is necessary. In these two cases the keyboard unit is very usable. I don’t think you are going to spend hours playing games with it, but for occasional gaming and to help with typing it is well worth getting.
Testing the performance of what is essentially a media player is not really necessary, but because I like to torture any piece of Android equipment that I can get my hands on, here are the numbers for completeness. Starting with AnTuTu, the SmartStick scores 2899, which is low. For comparison the original Samsung Galaxy S, which also had a single core ARM CPU running at 1Ghz, scores about twice that, but here is the thing to remember, smartphones with single core CPU tend to be using displays with resolutions of 800 x 480 (or similar), but the SmartStick was running the test in 720p!
If the first test was verging on the unnecessary, the next test I did was out-of-control! Remember all this device needs to be able to do is play or stream video (which it can, at full 1080p HD using hardware decoding) and respond to user input. The SmartStick doesn’t need more CPU power than that. But this is Android Authority, so I ran the benchmark mode on Epic Citadel, the demo app of the Unreal 3D Engine. I was actually pleasantly surprised to see the device managed an average frame rate of 12.7 fps with a resolution of 1280 x 719. Not bad for a simple CPU on a media player!
Having used the SmartStick quite a bit I must say that it is fairly easy to use. Performing any of the main tasks like playing video or music is very simple due to the optimized user interface and the remote control is quite functional. As well as the ‘Home’ button and navigation arrows there are also keys for page up and page down and also a play/pause button. These extra buttons mainly work inside the SmartStick UI and aren’t necessarily functional inside other apps, but even apps like YouTube responded to the play/pause button. Using the wireless keyboard and trackpad is nice and once out of the SmartStick UI it becomes very useful. However, as I mentioned earlier, it isn’t essential. All the menus are simple enough to understand at a no point did I find myself wondering how to get to a certain menu or what to press next. It is clear that FAVI have put some thought into designing the UI.
There are a few bundled apps which also made using the device easier including Plex for Android, a Task Manager (for killing any apps running in the background), and the SmartStick Portal which recommends useful apps like Netflix etc., and also offers a way to check for any software upgrades that might be available.
The way the SmartStick converts a normal TV into an Internet enabled Smart TV is great. Although the device has a special remote control friendly UI, underneath it is full Android and access to the Google Play Store is testament to the device’s heritage. When used with the wireless keyboard and touchpad, browsing the Internet, reading your emails and playing games is easy. The built-in media and music player work well with the remote and only a few taps of the buttons are needed to get access to your media. On top of all that, the fact that it comes from an American company, shipped from within the US and only for .99, you really can’t go wrong!
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What looks to be like a genuine video, pulled after being initially revealed on YouTube, shows us Google Now for iPhone and iPad, an app that could soon be available in the App Store but one Google is yet to make official.
As Android users already know, Google Now is an advanced search feature available on Jelly Bean handsets that sort of acts like a personal assistant. In order for it to work, you have to share various things to Google, which may sound kind of scary to some people. That way, the app can provide personal search results based on your everyday actions, interests, searches, emails, and so on.
Google Now is reportedly going to be available to Chrome users in the future, and it makes plenty of sense to see Google develop Google Now apps for other mobile operating systems, iOS included. After all, Google already has a variety of iOS apps available in the App Store, so Google Now for iPhone and iPad could be the next app it releases.
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However, Google is yet to unveil the product, and the video above, which was saved by a viewer and then made available by Engadget, is not yet confirmed. Even if it looks like it’s the real deal, compared to previous Google Now YouTube videos, we’ll have to wait for Google to announce the product to make sure it’s actually real.
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The concept of YouTube has certainly been imitated over the years. With sites like Vimeo and Dailymotion, people can find nearly any video that they want online. However, competition has not been the only headache that has plagued YouTube since its launch. The website had to wade through copyright lawsuits and other burdens that come with running a large and popular website. The co-founders Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim eventually sold the company to Google in 2006.
It now seems that one of those co-founders, Chad Hurley, is planning to launch a potential competitor. During an interview with Kevin Rose, founder of Digg and current Google Ventures partner, Hurley stated that the service will be based around users working together to create content. “I wish [SXSW] was a month later because I could unveil the new product,” said Hurley.
Hurley is definitely not out to kill YouTube as he stated, “there’s always going to be a place for YouTube.” He instead wants to take the idea of YouTube and pair it with more collaboration features, instead of focusing on individual users controlling most of the content.
So what do you think? While there are no concrete details out yet, do you think this service could potentially win some YouTube users over?
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Reports suggest YouTube, our favorite place for cat videos and Game of Thrones trailers, is set to take on mobile streaming services like Pandora.
Speaking about the matter, a YouTube representative said “while we don’t comment on rumor or speculation, there are some content creators that think they would benefit from a subscription revenue stream in addition to ads, so we’re looking at that.” If a YouTube streaming music service is in the works, the game may have changed.
If YouTube can leverage its offerings versus what is available on the Play Store for purchase, Google has effectively found a way to bridge the gap between radio and purchased content. You could listen or watch on YouTube, then purchase that song or album on the Play Store. Rather than jump through search hurdles, Google could make it a much more streamlined process.
It also has implications for remixes, as well as lesser-known artists. Some YouTube music videos or performances go viral, but sales don’t always reflect that. A remix could utilize Google’s music recognition software to identify the original tune, if the remix isn’t available.
The project is reported to have the support of Time-Warner music, giving it instant credibility among record labels. Last month, Billboard music started working YouTube into their metrics, giving another layer of credence to the service as a respected entity for music. The real decision for record companies is whether or not the free service is lucrative enough for them, or if the paid service makes more sense. Studies show streaming music is popular, but users are more than willing to pay for ad-free music.
We’ll be waiting impatiently to see how this plays out. What do you think? Would you be interested in a YouTube streaming music service? What would get you to use this over the streaming music service you use now?
Just in case you all haven’t had enough of the famous Harlem Shake yet, our good friends at Google decided to make it fun for everyone. Yup, in the usual and amazing Google fashion we have another Easter egg for you all to try. If you don’t know what those are we suggest you Google “Google Easter Egg” and enjoy all the tricks.
Google’s been known for putting Easter eggs in everything from our browser, search results, Android OS versions, Chrome Browser, and now YouTube. Just head to Google and in the search field type “do a barrel roll” and watch the magic. Or during the holidays search “let it snow” to help you get into the winter spirit. Even Google’s Chrome Browser for Android has a few tricks.
From Nyan Cats in Android 4.0 to little Candy Canes floating around inside the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Easter egg and more. Google surely knows how to have fun, and it won’t be stopping any time soon. The Harlem Shake has sadly taken the internet world by storm. So in the usual Google fashion we can enjoy it their way. Simply head to YouTube and in the search field type “do the harlem shake” and watch the magic happen. Don’t forget to wait for the chorus though.
While this doesn’t really have anything to do with Android, it shares the same general idea behind all the awesome Easter eggs in our favorite mobile OS. Surely there will be some sort of neat Key Lime Pie Easter egg in Android 5.0, and we’ll find it as soon as possible at Google I/O in May. Keep up the good work Google! On that note I’ll leave you all with my personal favorite “Harlem Shake” video so far.
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The beauty of Android is its tight integration with Google’s ecosystem of products and services. Not everything is instantaneously available, but the search giant does add in important integration in its product updates. For instance, we recently learned that the YouTube app for Android has been updated to integrate Google+.
Among other incremental improvements, the YouTube app version 4.3.9 includes integration with Google+. You can now use your Google+ profile when commenting or liking videos. Also, YouTube has fixed the “fullscreen button bug” which some might have experienced while switching across fullscreen mode.
Another feature is the TV playback controls directly available on the notification bar. This gives you easier access to YouTube playback even while switching across apps. This will come in very useful when you’re watching YouTube videos through a paired TV and you want to use another app.
As usual, you can update your YouTube app from Google Play right on your device, or you can initiate the update from your browser through Google Play on the web.
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