Here are 5 new features coming soon to Google’s YouTube app for iPhone and iPad

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 27, 2015

Google is doubling down on its mobile YouTube client. The most recent update, for instance, has at last brought push notifications to YouTube for iOS and support for fullscreen playback of vertical videos.

Prior updates have brought out such enhancements as the Cards feature and more perks and we also know that Google’s been testing a major YouTube redesign with a subset of its users since May.

Moreover, at the beginning of this year Google finally ditched Adobe’s Flash Player and switched to an HTML5-based player for YouTube’s desktop interface.

But the fine folks at Google aren’t standing still: yet another redesign effort is about to adorn YouTube’s iOS app and with it come a few major feature additions to make it easier than ever to find videos and create them, too. Read More

 

How to get notified when we post a new YouTube video

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 24, 2015

As a part of yesterday’s YouTube app update for iOS, it is now possible to receive a push notification whenever we post a new video on iDownloadBlog’s YouTube channel.

Each week, we post several videos about jailbreaking, the latest Cydia tips, tricks, tips, reviews, and more. iDB’s YouTube channel is a great source for the latest information on all things Apple, jailbreaking, iOS, and the iPhone and iPad.

With this latest update, it’s even easier to stay up to date with all of our new video content. In this post, we’ll show you how to do just that. Read More

 

YouTube app updated with support for fullscreen vertical videos

By Cody Lee on Jul 23, 2015

Google’s YouTube updated its iOS client today, bringing the app to version 10.28. The update brings about two major enhancements: support for fullscreen playback of vertical videos and push notifications.

The former is fairly significant. Users can now view vertically-filmed videos in fullscreen when in portrait mode—a big improvement over previous versions, which would shrink content between two black bars. Read More

 

Apple launches two new “If it’s not an iPhone” ads

By Jeff Benjamin on Jul 9, 2015

Today, Apple launched two new iPhone advertisements touting the device’s uniqueness and how much its customers love them. In the first ad, entitled Hardware & Software, Apple big-ups the way the iPhone’s hardware and software are both created by the same company.

In the second advertisement, entitled Love, Apple touts how 99% of iPhone customers love their devices. It then ends both advertisements with a similar tag line: If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone. Read More

 

You can now watch Apple’s WWDC 2015 keynote on YouTube

By Cody Lee on Jun 15, 2015

It’s taken a week, but Apple has finally uploaded this year’s WWDC keynote to YouTube. The replay has been available as an embedded video on Apple’s website, but it required that you be on a device with QuickTime installed to watch it.

So folks who missed Apple’s WWDC keynote last week, or would just like to watch it again, things have just been made much easier. You can now view it within YouTube’s desktop or mobile web app, or via the native mobile YouTube app. Read More

 

Watch Apple Music promo footage and inspirational ‘App Effect’ video on YouTube

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 8, 2015

During its keynote talk, Apple played a bunch of videos to WWDC attendees to visualize some of the new products and features it announced this morning.

The company still hasn’t uploaded the full keynote video to its official channel on YouTube—though you can stream it from the Apple.com homepage—but now promo footage highlighting the new $10 per month Apple Music service have popped up on YouTube, along with an inspirational video showcasing the App Store success story. Read More

 

Apple showcases seven new “Shot on iPhone 6″ videos

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 1, 2015

As it turns out, the iPhone is pretty good at shooting video, too. To further prove its point, Apple has expanded its “Shot on iPhone 6″ campaign, which it kicked off back in March.

The seven new videos, which feature various scenes and styles mated with music from iTunes, showcases the versatility of the camera built in to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Some of the videos even feature time-lapse and slow motion effects, both features of the stock Camera app in iOS 8. Read More

 

YouTube’s iOS player does not allow fullscreen on iPads anymore

By Christian Zibreg on May 26, 2015

Google seems to have quietly upgraded its embeddable media player for tablets. On iOS, however, it’s killed an essential feature: fullscreen mode on iPads, as first noted by German blog Apfelpage.de. The change does not affect Google’s native YouTube app for iOS, which still lets you play clips embedded in webpages in fullscreen on your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Read More

 

YouTube testing iOS app redesign with small subset of users

By Christian Zibreg on May 14, 2015

Google has been testing a revamped version of its YouTube application for the iPhone and iPad with a small subset of users, Abdiel Ortiz and Sebastien Debaenst noted on Twitter. This isn’t necessarily new as some folks have been talking about YouTube’s iOS overhaul for over a month now.

What is new, however, is a detailed hands-on video put together by Tech Invasion which gives us a first look at the new software centered on Material Design, Google’s design language guiding software development across mobile, desktop and the web. Read More

 

Google ends YouTube support on older Apple TVs and pre-iOS 6 hardware due to API changes

By Christian Zibreg on May 4, 2015

Following up on its original plan to end support for older Apple TVs, iPhones, iPods and iPads due to API changes, YouTube is no longer accessible on second-generation Apple TVs and iOS devices manufactured in 2012 and earlier, as first reported 9to5Mac.

The app has simply disappeared from the Home screen on second-generation devices, with owners of these boxes reporting inability to access the Settings menu option to hide or show it along with other channels. Read More

 

Google removes YouTube app support for older versions of iOS, Apple TV

By Jake Smith on Apr 20, 2015

Google announced on Monday in a support document that its YouTube app will no longer work on older versions of iOS and the first and second generation Apple TV “after April”. Read More

 

YouTube is going ad-free… for a monthly fee

By Cody Lee on Apr 8, 2015

It looks like the rumors were true, YouTube is readying a new subscription service. In an email obtained by iDownloadBlog, Google tells video creators it wants to offer an ad-free version of YouTube for a monthly fee, which has yet to be determined. The service will offer features like offline playback, kickbacks for content creators, and could be ready to launch as early as this year. Read More

 

Google to take on Twitch with own game streaming video service

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 25, 2015

Google is going to announce a new YouTube-branded live video streaming service with an emphasis on gaming, according to the British newspaper The Guardian on Wednesday citing a scoop by tech blog The Daily Dot.

The Internet giant is reportedly prepping to introduce its live-streaming service under the YouTube Live moniker. YouTube Live will apparently relaunch later this year, re-focused on game streaming and e-sports.

Such turn of events wasn’t entirely unexpected. A year ago, Google wanted to buy Twitch but has failed to seal the deal and got outbid by Amazon, which paid a cool $1 billion for the popular game-streaming service. Read More

 

YouTube introduces Cards feature, starts accepting 360-degree video uploads

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 16, 2015

Google has announced a new interactive Cards feature to improve annotations while also adding support for 360-degree video uploads.

Similar to Google Now cards, YouTube Cards pop-up to deliver additional pieces of information while the video is playing. Google has said that YouTube Cards will “eventually replace annotations,” but only once they can do everything annotations can do today. Read More

 

Google launches YouTube Kids in the App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 23, 2015

The Internet giant Google on Monday announced its dedicated YouTube application for kids. Dubbed YouTube Kids, the app is now available for the iPhone and iPad as a free download from the App Store.

Billed as “the first Google product built from the ground up with little ones in mind,” it’s been designed as a safe place for kids to experience YouTube content deemed “kid-appropriate” such as family focused clips.

Because it’s focused on children, the software includes a set of options that help parents control the experience for their kids. Read More

 

YouTube experimenting with multi-angle video feature, try it out yourself

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 4, 2015

YouTube has begun experimenting with a cool new feature that lets you switch between different camera angles while the video is playing, TechCrunch reported Wednesday.

It couldn’t be easier: a multi-angle video presents you with a series of thumbnails, each representing a dedicated video stream from a particular angle. Clicking on any thumbnail switches you to that camera instantly, during playback. Read More

 

YouTube stops using Adobe Flash, now defaults to HTML5 video player

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2015

When Steve Jobs was challenged on the iPad’s lack of support for Adobe’s Flash runtime for web video, manifested at the time as black rectangles on websites in place of Flash video, he said that “those holes are getting plugged real fast”.

And guess what? He was damn right.

It was a time of the prevalence of Flash and web developers had only begun experimenting with HTML5 for online video delivery, but boy what a difference a few years make.

As reported by VentureBeat, YouTube announced today that it’s ditched Flash for HTML5 video by default. “Other content providers like Netflix and Vimeo, as well as companies like Microsoft and Apple have embraced HTML5 and been key contributors to its success,” YouTube said in a statement. Read More

 

Apple TV gains revamped YouTube app with ads, Dailymotion and other new channels

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2014

As first noted by Re/code, Apple’s $99 streaming box is getting a flurry of new channels today, including a redesigned YouTube app that for the first time shows ads on the platform which cannot be skipped.

It brings Apple’s device on par with other platforms that have been enjoying YouTube with personalized recommendations, predictive search and all the videos for quite some time now.

In addition to the refreshed YouTube appearance with improved functionality, the set-top box has gained a set of four new channels, including Dailymotion, a video-sharing website owned by French multinational telecommunications corporation Orange. Read More

 

YouTube issues affecting Yosemite’s Safari

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 21, 2014

According to user-submitted posts over at both Apple Support Communities and Google Product forums, an unknown portion of Mac owners who run Yosemite are having issues playing certain YouTube videos, with some getting Safari crashes when attempting to watch a clip.

It seems to affect some, not all, HTML5 videos and does not manifest itself when using the resource-hog Flash Player, causing Safari to fall back to Flash for video delivery.

Other browsers are unaffected by the annoying problem. Neither Apple nor Google have commented on the matter yet. Digging deeper, it would seem the hiccup could be traced to the YouTube backend because HTML5 videos in Google Chrome and other browsers play without a problem. Read More

 

YouTube app update adds new music homepage with YouTube Mix

By Cody Lee on Nov 13, 2014

Google updated its iOS YouTube client this morning, bringing the universal app to version 2.16.11441. The update is fairly minimal, but it does include a new music homepage and YouTube Mix integration, making the music listening experience on YouTube “better than ever.”

The new music homepage allows you to do things like play albums right from search, and it will now offer you song recommendations based on your previous listening habits. It also allows you to listen to an endless YouTube Mix playlist, built using your favorite songs and artists. Read More

 
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