YouTube WatchMe for Android project brings YouTube live streaming to Android apps

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YouTube announced the WatchMe for Android project that allows developers to integrate YouTube live streaming into their Android apps. It’s already being utilized by HTC with the Re and Sony with the Live on YouTube app.

It’s an open-source project that uses the YouTube Data API v3, YouTube Live Streaming API, Google Play Services, and Plus API. It’s available on Github and can be customized. It’s still experimental, but you can make sure to keep up with the progress if you subscribe to the YouTube for Developers channel.


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YouTube may launch music service with ad-supported and paid versions

YouTube_music_service_concept_logoYouTube’s music service has become the topic of many rumors lately, with some sources claiming the service is very close to launching. We still haven’t heard anything concrete, but YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki discussed what’s happening with the service with Re/code to shed some light on what we’ve been hearing.

According to Wojcicki, the service is still in the early stages, which means it might not be available as quickly as we’d thought. YouTube is still exploring how to best create a music service to compete with other subscription models like Spotify or Pandora. One of the options she mentioned was an ad-free service, similar to Google’s own All-Access.
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Google teases Android L in latest YouTube video

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Google has just published a short, “Sweeeeet” video on its official YouTube channel teasing the release of the next big update of its mobile operating system. Although the specific dessert name is still tightly under wraps, the search engine giant did confirm that “L” will be “Android 5.0″ and gave us the names of a few contestants who auditioned for the role — Lemon Meringue Pie, Lava Cake, Lady Finger, Lemon Drop and Oreo. But, of course, they’re wasn’t a Lollipop in sight.

Hit the break below for the full teaser.


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Google keeping a close eye on All Access, YouTube’s music streaming service is “weeks” away

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Reports and rumors have been swirling about the changes Google would be making to music streaming service All Access. The company wants to raise awareness for All Access to show the real value it has over competitors. Right now, the number of subscribers is believed to be between 500,000 and a few million. This is meager when compared to the Spotify’s more than ten million subscribers. Google has a massive audience in Android and is struggling to latch people onto All Access.


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Google to enable offline YouTube video playback in India

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In conjunction with the announcement of Android One smartphones in India today, Google announced a change to the YouTube app for customers in that country. The YouTube app for Android smartphones will be able to download videos when a customer is on a WiFi connection and then they can be watched later when no connection is available. According to Google this new feature will be “a great benefit for times with a slow connection or rewatching videos without using up the data plan.”

Since the Android One series of smartphones is targeted at lower price-points for a market like India, it makes sense for Google to try something like this to help Indian consumers avoid additional data charges or having to upgrade to plans with large or unlimited data caps. We will have to wait to see if Google makes this feature available for markets outside of India. This could probably benefit users around the globe, especially those moving to data plans with caps as carriers increasingly move away from unlimited data. Users who find themselves in locations or situations where any kind of connection is spotty at best would probably appreciate the ability to store videos on their device for later viewing. Users currently have to rely on a variety of different tools to achieve this, so having the capability native to the app would make things much easier.

source: TheNextWeb

HomeTube app offers a kid-safe environment for YouTube videos

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Chris Lacy, developer of other fantastic apps including Action Launcher and Link Bubble, has released his newest app on the Play Store. The app is called HomeTube and is designed to create a kid-friendly environment for your children to browse YouTube videos without you having to keep an eye on what they’re looking at.

The app itself is a pretty simple concept. You can pick from different search terms on YouTube and HomeTube only displays that specific content. Kids will be able to quickly jump around between different videos based on the pre-selected content, so you won’t have to navigate around for them, either.
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YouTube launches Fan Funding, a virtual tip jar for video makers

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Google continues to make their YouTube service more valuable to film-makers and casual users, including the launch of the new Fan Funding feature, which allows the video’s host to set up a virtual tip jar which fans can contribute to using their Google Wallet. The service, which has so far launched in the USA, Japan, Australia and Mexico, can be used directly from the video’s page or from the Android app. Obviously YouTube gets a cut of the donations, which in the US equates to 5% of the total donation plus a flat 21 cents.


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YouTube can now import videos from Google+

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Taking an existing video from your Google+ profile and uploading it to YouTube cannot get any easier. YouTube now has a button in its sidebar on the Upload page that is for importing videos from Google+. Users can upload one video or even multiple videos simultaneously.

So when backing up videos to Google+ from an Android device, you can then quickly transfer them over to YouTube to make them public.

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