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SmartTubeNext is a YouTube client for Android TV with additional playback features

Android TV doesn't have nearly the same selection of apps as Android for smartphones, so it's always nice to see developers support the growing TV platform. If you watch a lot of YouTube on your smart TV and want more viewing options, check out SmartTubeNext, an unofficial, open-source YouTube client for Android TV. The app...

YouTube for Android rolls out default video quality settings and removes ability to tap the seek bar to skip

YouTube is in the midst of a number of tweaks ranging from the semi-accidental to the deliberate. Most notably, a change in behavior in the latest Android app has disabled the ability to tap anywhere on the progress bar to advance to that point. Google says that the new behavior is deliberate (via AndroidPolice), bringing Android...

YouTube to rival Amazon by turning platform into massive shopping network

YouTube is reportedly testing out features that will allow viewers to purchase products directly from videos. The goal, according to a Bloomberg report, is to turn the platform into a major shopping destination to rival Amazon. Some creators are already testing tools on YouTube that allow them to tag products featured in videos. The data from...

YouTube Premium subscribers get early access to experimental YouTube features

Going forward, only YouTube Premium subscribers can get early access to experimental YouTube features. Google previously picked users at random to beta test features before rolling them out to a wider audience. YouTube’s experimental features page has been updated to reflect the change (via AndroidCentral). “For a limited time, Premium members can try out new features...

NewPipe 0.20.0 brings a new unified video player and much more to the open source YouTube client

NewPipe is an open-source YouTube client for Android, serving itself as an alternative for users who either dislike the official app or do not have Google Play Services installed on their device. In a nutshell, NewPipe parses the YouTube website to extract data and play videos, without restrictions and ads. A few days ago, NewPipe...

NewPipe tests new Unified Player UI with seamless fullscreen switching

NewPipe, the open-source YouTube client for Android, is a great alternative to the YouTube app for those of you who don't have Google Play Services on your phone or don't want to see ads on the platform without paying for YouTube Premium. The client doesn't use YouTube's APIs and simply parses the Youtube website to...

YouTube launches Shorts, its TikTok-like short-form video feature, in India

TikTok may live to see another day here in the U.S., but competition for short-form video is getting even fiercer. Following Instagram’s introduction of Reels, YouTube has announced a new feature called Shorts, which is launching in early beta in India. YouTube Shorts will allow users to create 15-second videos that can be set to music....

YouTube to axe community contributions for closed captions and subtitles

Google on Friday announced YouTube’s Community Contributions feature, which allows viewers to add closed captioning and subtitles to videos, will be discontinued on September 28, 2020. The company cites two reasons behind the discontinuation of the feature: It's not being widely used and is a regular source of spam and abuse. According to Google, community contributions...

YouTube finally re-enables 1080p streaming in India, but only on WiFi

In an attempt to ensure that the sudden increase in Internet traffic didn't cause any issues with its infrastructure, YouTube in India restricted video streaming quality on its mobile apps to 480p earlier this year in March. Since then, YouTube users in India have had to bear with pixelated streams on mobile devices while the...

The YouTube mobile app still limits video quality to 480p in India, even after 3 months of restrictions

COVID-19 has affected this year in a lot of ways, and we cannot even begin to assess the damage the pandemic has done at large. Even within the limited and narrow scope of smartphones and the related tech industry, the pandemic has made everyone rethink whether physical launch events are still needed when online-only events...

YouTube TV is raising the monthly subscription to $65

Google launched YouTube TV in a select few U.S. cities for $35 per month back in 2017. Every year since then, the company has added more channels while also increasing the monthly subscription price. The first price increase bumped the cost to $40 per month, and the second price increase raised prices to $50 per...

Advertisements can soon show feeds in a Google Ads app campaign and deep link from YouTube and Gmail

With all the devices and services that Google offers to consumers, it's easy to forget that a large part of what the company does revolves around advertisements. Google is responsible for a lot of the ads you see around the Internet, and it's also how people make money from ads. Google recently announced some new...