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Google lets test build of the Youtube app out in public release – Includes dog food?

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If you’re noticing that your YouTube icon on your Android device looks a little different, don’t worry, you don’t have one of those icky viruses that have (supposedlybeen pestering millions of Android devices. What’s actually happened is that Google has accidentally let out a test build of the YouTube app for public release.

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This is probably temporary, and we’re assuming it will be fixed as soon as possible, but I’ve yet to notice any crashes or bugs in the test build. If you do have the app, please do enjoy the complementary dog food.

Note: YouTube app may not include actual dog food.

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YouTube app teardown reveals subtitle support, fewer secrets

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A teardown of the new YouTube app for Android reveals a KitKat feature is coming to the app for older versions of Android, and that Google is all too aware of app teardowns.

Ars Technica writer Ron Amadeo recently tore down the latest version of the YouTube app for Android, and found that it has a subtitle configuration tool inside. The app has a plethora of setting for configuring subtitles in YouTube videos, including text size, color, font, background color, and drop shadow. The setting is meant for devices running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or older, as KitKat already has subtitle support built into the OS in the accessibility options.

Amadeo also notes that Google pulled a few things out of the .apk for the YouTube app. Previous versions of the app hinted at future features such as a music pass, offline video playback, and background music playback. The removal of code hinting at those features doesn’t mean they aren’t still coming, it probably just means Google doesn’t want everyone knowing what features it has planned for the future.

Removing hints of future features from the code of an app is probably a good thing for everyone, as it means we don’t have to wait around for features we know Google is working on. The rumored YouTube music service and offline video playback have been floating around for months now, and they still haven’t arrived. It’s fun to see what Google and other companies are planning, but sometimes knowing a feature is coming and waiting months is worse than not knowing what’s coming next.

Excruciating wait times can lead to relief when the feature finally comes out, but isn’t it more fun to be surprised by cool new features once in a while?

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Rumor: Youtube may soon offer its own subscription music service

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Google already is enjoying quite a bit of success with its Google Play Music All Access service, but now a new rumor claims Google will be bringing a similar subscription service over to Youtube by the end of the year.

According to sources speaking to Billboard, the new service is supposedly a lot like Spotify but with the twist of including music videos into the mix. That means you’ll be able to listen to music (and watch vids) for free with ads, or pay extra for an ad-free experience. In contrast to Spotify, the Youtube service will supposedly allow the free service to work both on PCs and mobile.

Aside from a lack of ads, the premium version is said to bring offline music listening and a few other special features. It is also expected to feature a price tag of around a month.

The new service is supposedly a lot like Spotify but with the twist of including music videos into the mix.

We have to wonder though, do we even want or need this? For starters, it’s hard to imagine how Google would differentiate this from All Access.

The only thing we could think of is that Youtube might focus less on regular music and more of its efforts on creating a massive library of every music video out there (which Youtube already comes close to doing as it is).

In short, we doubt there would be much added value here for existing All Access fans, but maybe that’s the point. Google’s goal could be to attract Youtube addicts and folks that aren’t so closely tied to the Android ecosystem. Adding such a service to Youtube would also require little work on Google’s part, as the Mountain View giant already has secured all the necessary licenses and negotiations thanks to All Access.

Do we have any real evidence that Google and Youtube are planning such a service? Youtube and Google are keeping close-lipped, but their actions seem to hint that something might be afoot.

Recently we learned that not only will Youtube soon feature offline video download capabilities, it will also be able to eventually stream audio in the background. These are both features that would be useful for the Youtube Music service. This is far from definitive proof, but it certainly helps lend a little extra credence to the rumor.

What do you think, is a Youtube music/video subscription service necessary or should Google just stick to All Access and leave this one alone?

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YouTube may be getting background audio streaming in newest update

YouTube is great for watching the occasional video, but sometimes the need to stay glued to the screen is tough. There are times when you just want to tear away and do something else with your day, and it would be nice to listen in on the audio.

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Android Police have discovered, via one of their APK Teardowns, that the update for YouTube may support background audio streaming. The functionality is there in the settings, which means it’s probably being dogfooded for testing. If it ends up hitting the next release, it has some really interesting implications.

With background audio, YouTube could see a huge impact in regard to traffic. With users listening to audio and/or watching video, their bandwidth will see some strain. It also could make monetizing YouTube videos more interesting, as we could see those audio ads come to life in YouTube videos/streaming audio as they do with popular podcasts on other mediums.

It also means, quite simply, we could be getting Podcasts from YouTube. Either by separating the audio from the video, or simply uploading pure audio segments. With background audio streaming likely coming to YouTube, it will be interesting to see how the homemade video site will morph into something more.

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Google and Microsoft square off over Windows Phone Youtube app

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Youtube is probably everyone’s most commonly visited video site, so Windows Phone owners will no doubt be disappointed to hear that Google is now blocking Microsoft’s Youtube app. But this isn’t a spontaneous decision by Google, the two companies have been arguing over Microsoft’s app for a little while.

The spat began after Google discovered that Microsoft’s original app didn’t included ads, and also came with a built in option for users to download Youtube videos to watch offline. Obviously this would mean that Google was losing out on revenue, and so the company asked Microsoft to remove the app from the Windows Phone Store.

However, Microsoft instead decided to simply update the app to remove the offending download button, and the latest version now includes ads as well. Sounds simple enough, and the problem should be resolved. However, Google has now taken issue with the way in which Microsoft has implemented the ads, but it seems that Google isn’t providing Microsoft with sufficient information to implement ads in the same way as the iOS and Android Youtube apps.

We’ve asked Google to provide whatever information iPhone and Android get so that we can mirror the way ads are served on these platforms more precisely. So far at least, Google has refused to give this information to us.
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This is where the whole situation becomes a little complicated, as it also seems that Google has asked Microsoft to build its Youtube app on HTML5, which currently isn’t used by the existing iOS and Android apps. Microsoft is reporting that there are technical limitations in Windows Phone that prevents Microsoft from building the app how Google would like, and now feels that Google is deliberately making up reasons to block Microsoft’s app.

The roadblocks Google has set up are impossible to overcome, and they know it.
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At first glance it sounds like Google is being a little difficult, but there are a couple of things to consider. Firstly, Google built the iOS and Android Youtube apps itself, so the company has previously been able to build the app how it wants and control the code base. Microsoft wants to develop its own app for Windows Phone, to keep the experience on par with the Android and iPhone equivalents, but that may explain why Google is hesitant to hand over certain pieces of information, and instead wants all third party Youtube apps to be built from HTML5.

That’s not an unreasonable demand, considering that Google relies on advertising revenue, and Google can’t really be blamed for a lack of HTML5 compatibility with Windows Phone. Even so, perhaps Google could be a little more sympathetic to Microsoft’s situation. But the biggest problem here is obviously for Windows Phone users, who could be locked out from using a Youtube app for months whilst the two companies try to come to an agreement.

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YouTube update adds slide-out navigation app wide, suggestion overlays

Google has been busy with updates as of late, and they’ve also been adding the popular slide-out navigation drawer to many of their popular apps. Gmail being the latest to receive this new navigation system, and today Google has improved the feature for YouTube, as well as a few other minor changes we’ll mention after the break.

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For those wondering. Yes, YouTube already had the slide-out navigation bar before the update that arrived today. However, they did change a few things, the animation was tweaked, and the slide-out navigation panel is now available app wide. Before you could only access this from certain points in YouTube, now you can instantly side it out for quick access to channels, subscriptions, options and more.

They’ve removed the “app button” and now a simple swipe from the left edge or tap of the button on the top left will instantly open the slide-out menu. It’s a nice touch, but a small change. Those aside there really isn’t much new here, but here’s the full changelog from the Play Store.

* Open the guide from anywhere in the app for quick access to your subscriptions and feeds
* Video suggestion overlays during playback
* Bug fixes and stability improvements

Interestingly we also have “video suggestion overlays during playback” but we’ve yet to get any suggestions or overlay popups to appear while watching video. Have you seen this yet? Then of course we have the usual bug fixes and stability improvements. The comments on the Play Store are a mixed bag of happy and angry customers, so let us know how the update serves you in the comment section below. Get it, as always, for free from the link below.

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YouTube turns 8, 100 hours of video are now uploaded every minute

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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?

    




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YouTube tipped to launch paid channel subscriptions

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.

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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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How to upload videos directly to YouTube on BlackBerry 10

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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