New commenting features, UI tweaks and more added to YouTube iOS app

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2014

Google’s native YouTube application for the iPhone and iPad has just been updated with some much-needed enhancements to the commenting system and more. For starters, it is now finally possible to reply to other people’s comments and delete your own comments right within the app.

Previously, you had to visit the YouTube interface on the web to remove unwanted comments so that’s a nice little time saver right there. This edition of YouTube includes a few other timely enhancements and useful interface refinements, all listed and illustrated right after the break.

The update is now live in the App StoreRead More


Listen to unlimited music for free with Tuner for YouTube

By Lory Gil on Mar 16, 2014

I’m a big fan of streaming music on YouTube. It is an easy way to find songs, audio books, and all manner of media that isn’t as easy to find for free anywhere else. Without needing a subscription, you can stream full albums from popular artists. Without commercials, you can create playlists of your favorite songs. Without paying for it, you can listen to audio books in their entirety.

Tuner for YouTube Music is a simplified app that lets you stream whatever you want from YouTube without the video getting in the way… Read More


Musi lets you stream music and create playlists directly from YouTube

By Lory Gil on Jan 24, 2014

Something that may not be well known to the general masses (although likely well known to iDB readers) is that you can listen to full albums for just about every popular musician if you know how to search for it on YouTube.

Musi is a streaming service that lets you listen to anything you can find on YouTube as an audio playlist. Now, you can listen to spaghetti western soundtracks all the live long day… Read More


YouTube for iOS finally gains iOS 7 keyboard support, improved search and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 7, 2014

Google’s YouTube app for the iPhone and iPad has been lacking in many requests and could definitely use a little help from the user interface design standpoint.

For instance, why do I have to tap the magnifier icon in order to search whereas there should be a tappable search bar instead, which is more or less the norm in iOS app design these days?

A new update, now available in the App Store, leaves those questions unanswered.

On the other hand, the release improves upon other lacking areas. For starters, it’s finally gained the stock iOS 7 keyboard (what took so long?), immediately bringing YouTube more up to date with iOS 7 aesthetics. Search capabilities have been improved upon and there are also other improvements concerning captions and subtitles… Read More


Google to demo 4K YouTube streaming at CES via its new royalty-free VP9 codec

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 3, 2014

Google’s hasn’t enjoyed much success with VP8, a video codec it developed back in 2010 as a H.264 replacement for efficient video streaming. The Chrome browser supports VP8 codec out-of-the-box (so no plug-in required), but Google’s plans for VP8 domination were shattered by literally non-existent support from major industry players.

As a result, VP8 has never gained hardware-acceleration because chip makers opted to stand firmly behind H.264, an industry-standard video codec Apple’s devices support natively and on the silicon level.

At next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Internet giant will be showing off YouTube streaming in a 4K resolution of 3,840 pixels by 2,160 lines via its brand new royalty-free video codec, VP9.

This time around, Google has lined up an impressive list of industry players who will back the new format. Notably absent: a certain fruity company… Read More


YouTube’s iOS app can send videos to Xbox One

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 21, 2013

Google’s recent tightening of YouTube restrictions in respect to third-party clients has not sat well with Microsoft, whose unofficial YouTube client for Windows Phone is barebones again – as in, it’s been reduced to an icon which launches into the mobile YouTube interface at Remarkably enough, the Xbox One console is a different story.

The Redmond-based Windows giant announced yesterday that the Xbox One will include YouTube when it launches tomorrow, Friday 22. It will be an actual app, not a glorified web page and it seems Apple users will be able to send videos from YouTube for iPhone and iPad directly to the console… Read More


Google gives YouTube Capture new video editing features

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 13, 2013

YouTube Capture, Google’s dedicated iPhone and iPad app for recording and sharing video on YouTube, appears to have been on the back burner for a while because the last major update dates back to early-summer 2013, when the program gained support for YouTube accounts with multiple channels.

Meanwhile, Google posted a new version of the Hangouts app and added multi-account support to the Drive app.

With that off its back, the Internet giant’s attention now turns to YouTube Capture. Apart from the flattened icon, version 2.0 finally allows users to pause and resume their recordings. That’s just scratching the surface though as the app now lets you combine and rearrange clips and even add a soundtrack.

Jump past the fold for the full reveal… Read More


Best apps for downloading YouTube videos to your iPhone or iPad

By Lory Gil on Oct 29, 2013

YouTube is an endless wonder of video information. You can find out how to make a polymer ring, see kittens attacking babies, and even watch entire movies that haven’t even made it onto Netflix yet (as long as you catch it before the Watchers take it down).

If you are an avid YouTube user, you may be longing for a better app than the official one for finding specific videos, or simply discovering something new. We’ve got a list of YouTube clients that offer better search engines, region-free browsing, and let you download YouTube videos to your iPhone or iPad for offline viewing… Read More


New YouTube update lets you select video quality while on Wi-Fi

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 15, 2013

Hot on the heels of its update to Maps, Google has rolled out a new update to YouTube which brings a much needed video quality option to the table. The setting, which is only applicable while connected to Wi-Fi networks, is ushered in along with the obligatory “compatibility” and “accessibility” improvements.

This latest update brings the YouTube version number up to 2.2.0. The download is available on the App Store right now, and rings in at cellular network friendly 12.5 MB. Read More


Limited offline viewing coming to YouTube in November

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 9, 2013

I’ve always hated how Google’s official YouTube apps on iOS, Android and other mobile platforms don’t allow for offline caching of videos. Sometimes I want to save a particularly funny clip or a music video to my device to show it to friends without having to waste my cellular data. YouTube doesn’t allow this.

Worse, Google’s been clamping down on third-party apps that cache YouTube videos, such as MCTube for iPhone, for example. The reason: the Internet giant wants to serve ads no matter what.

Playing back cached videos defeats that purpose. Recently, the company hinted it’s willing to reconsider its stance: mobile users will be able to save videos for later after all, but with some strings attached… Read More


Apple posts video of iPhone event to YouTube

By Cody Lee on Sep 23, 2013

Apple finally posted it’s big iPhone event to its YouTube channel this weekend. The media event, which has been one of the company’s most significant in recent memory, saw Tim Cook and co show off not one, but two new iPhones, and a redesigned iOS 7.

Of course, the event has been viewable online for a while now. But if streaming the keynote through Apple’s website isn’t your thing, you’ll be happy to hear that you can now watch the presentation from virtually any desktop or mobile device via YouTube… Read More


Apple posts iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c product videos to YouTube

By Cody Lee on Sep 11, 2013

Can’t get enough of the new iPhones? Yeah, us either. So as you can imagine, we were excited to see that Apple has posted three new promotional videos for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on its YouTube channel this evening.

Ok so they’re not new videos—Apple showed them during its media event earlier today. But for those who missed them, or just love watching Jony Ive talk against a white background, we’ve posted the clips after the break… Read More


Google’s Adsense and YouTube apps feature unified account sign-in

By Cody Lee on Aug 21, 2013

If you’ve recently downloaded Google’s new Adsense app, and the latest version of the YouTube app, you may have noticed that you didn’t have to sign into both of them—just one or the other. That’s because they feature new unified account sign-ins.

Several users have noticed that Google has switched on shared account logins for the latest version of its YouTube app, as well as Adsense. This means that logging into one will automatically log you into the other without the need to enter account info… Read More


YouTube app updated with picture-in-picture and deeper Chromecast integration

By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2013

Yesterday, Google announced that it was bringing a new version of its YouTube app to Android, but it didn’t say when it would be reaching iOS. Well it looks like the answer is today. The search giant just posted a big update for its standalone iOS YouTube app.

The update, which brings the app to version 2.0, brings about a number of improvements, including a new ‘picture-in-picture’ feature, which lets you watch a video in the bottom half of your device’s screen while you continue to explore content on the site… Read More


New iOS video editing app MixBit by YouTube creators now available for download

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 8, 2013

YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen on Thursday launched a brand new video editing app for the iPhone and iPod touch called MixBit. The software builds on the popularity of Twitter’s Vine and Instagram Video by giving you the power to easily combine short video snippets called “bits” into a longer video that plays seamlessly even though the individual “bits” are store as independent elements. It’s a lot of fun and already catching on with early adopters so jump past the fold for the full reveal… Read More


Download files and YouTube videos with ‘Chrome Downloader Plus’

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 26, 2013

Chrome Downloader Plus is a recently released jailbreak tweak for users of Google Chrome. It combines your typical browser downloader tweak with a tweak that allows you to download YouTube videos as well. It’s basically a combination of two tweaks, and it allows you to import things like YouTube videos directly into your media libraries. Have a look at our video walkthrough after the jump… Read More


Apple and Google are no longer America’s hottest brands

By Ed Sutherland on Jul 11, 2013

Quick, name the two hottest brands in the United States. If you picked Apple and Google you’d be wrong.

Although the iPhone maker and Android creator dominate the smartphone industry, the companies have dropped from the list of hot brand names.

By contrast, Amazon and YouTube made the current list of the top 10 hottest US brands for mid-year 2013. In another surprise, basement-dwelling BlackBerry was named the most-improved technology brand – thanks to the new Z10… Read More


YouTube Capture gains support for accounts with multiple channels

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2013

The Internet giant Google today released a maintenance update to its YouTube Capture app used to record clips on your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices and upload them in the YouTube-friendly format to the video sharing service. The biggest improvement in YouTube Capture version 1.5 is support for YouTube accounts with multiple channels.

This is no doubt going to appeal to prolific YouTube creators such as our own Jeff Benjamin whose how-to, hands-on and walkthrough videos regularly score high view counts (and some people even fall in love with the sound of Jeff’s wonderful radio voice).

This edition of YouTube Capture additionally features general improvements and fixes and better uploading on iOS 5 devices… Read More


‘VeloxTube for Velox’ adds an enhanced folder to the YouTube app

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 5, 2013

Velox is perhaps one of the most disappointing “big” tweaks to touchdown in some time. It’s a tweak that possessed tons of potential, but sadly, none of it is being tapped in the way most envisioned. In fact, we’re left with tweaks like VeloxTube for Velox instead.

That’s not necessarily a knock against VeloxTube for Velox — a jailbreak tweak that brings an enhanced folder to the official YouTube App — it’s just that I expected more. Take a look at my video overview of VeloxTube for Velox after the jump, and see what I mean. Read More


‘YouSearch for NC’ brings YouTube search to Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 30, 2013

YouSearch for NC is a brand new jailbreak widget available on Cydia’s ModMyi repo. The widget, which is free of charge, allows you to search the entirety of YouTube directly from the Notification Center window in iOS. Take a look inside for our hands-on video walkthrough… Read More

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