There has been no doubt that YouTube is working on a music streaming service. In fact, it is expected by the end of this summer. It has faced a ton of speedbumps do to design faults and trouble with negotiations between record labels. Today, Android Police has uncovered YouTube Music Key. The launch of this new service would also include a rebranding of Google Play Music All Access to Google Play Music Key.
A new report from The Information says Google is working to expand some of their services so that they can tap into the market of children under the age of 13. Currently Google’s terms of services forbid users under the age of 13. However, Google apparently wants to allow some access to their services for children in that demographic, subject to appropriate restrictions and in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Similar to other online services that allow young users to setup accounts, Google’s new offerings would require parental authorization.
Today, Google unveiled a new user interface for YouTube’s television app. The rollout began with the Xbox One, and will roll the new app out to other streaming devices over the following weeks. The app makes navigation simpler by making things easier to find thanks to slideout guide on the left side. Once signed in, you have your subscriptions, recommendations, open playlists, and more.
Source: YouTube blog
For many devices, the maximum resolution at which YouTube can be streamed is 1080p. This is because there are so many devices available with displays matching that resolution. With devices like the LG G3 achieving 2560×1440, YouTube has answered the call to stream with an even higher resolution. Users of the LG flagship are reporting that YouTube is allowing them to bump the resolution of videos beyond 1080p, topping out at 1440p.
For the month of June, the top smartphone manufacturers in the United States did not see much of a change in United States market share. Apple and Samsung, the two leaders, are the only of the top five manufacturers to see growth. LG, Motorola, and HTC all saw very small changes that went south; however, none of the declines were more than -0.6%. Also, those three companies combined have yet to near Samsung’s 28.6% market share in the United States. On the overall software front, Android still leads iOS by an amount nearing 10%.
Hit the break for details on what mobile applications have the most reach.
Google is pushing out updates to a few of its apps, including Hangouts, YouTube, and Play Music. None of the updates are huge, but they bring a few extra features that are definitely worth having.
To access your purchased Google Play Movies content, you previously had to go to the Google Play Movies & TV application.
But today, Google has updated its YouTube app to now integrate Google Play Movies & TV, allowing you to access your purchased videos straight from YouTube.
Check out the “Purchases” screen after the break.
Operating a YouTube channel from a mobile device can be pretty difficult. Until now, the only solution was to use the YouTube app. That changes today with Google’s release of the YouTube Creator Studio. This new app lets users track their channel’s statistics and respond to comments left by viewers. Users can also setup custom notifications. And, unsurprisingly, you can edit channel details to keep everything updated.
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Figuring out what apps have your favorite artists and tunes just got a whole lot easier. Performing a search with Google Search regarding a particular artist will return results that can redirect you to music streaming apps that are already installed on your device. The list are apps that contain songs with that particular artist. Currently, the function works in the United States with Rdio, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Google Play, TuneIn, and YouTube.
Source: Inside Search (Official Google Search blog)
Video killed the radio star, and YouTube killed the video star. (Wait, you guys don’t still watch MTV, do you?)
All of us have watched a music video on YouTube before. Some of us even use YouTube as our primary music service. It’s free, after all, and has pretty much every song you’d ever want to hear.