Google now showing Google Play Movies purchases in YouTube app

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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.

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Manage your channel with the new YouTube Creator Studio app

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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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Using Google Search for music can now redirect you to compatible apps

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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)

YouTube plans to launch paid music streaming service by end of summer

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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.

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YouTube live events now supported by Chromecast via mobile device

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If you were watching a live YouTube broadcast via your computer in the past, you’ve had the ability to push it straight to your Chromecast if you wanted to. But if you wanted to do the same from your mobile device, you were not able to.

But today, Google has updated the feature, now letting you push live events on YouTube straight to the TV screen via Chromecast on your mobile device.

While the feature apparently has been out “a little while ago,” Google hasn’t mentioned it until a post on Google+ today.

Source: +Google Chrome

Sony partners with YouTube to allow live broadcasting from new app

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Sony has partnered with YouTube to allow live broadcasting from the Xperia Z2. The app is officially called “Live on YouTube — by Xperia” and it allows public or private broadcasting. There is also a feature to remind friends when your broadcast is about to start. It is a dedicated app available in the Play Store and requires a you to sign in with a Google account. In addition to signing in, you will need to activate the live broadcast feature within your YouTube account. For now, it is exclusive to Sony’s flagship smartphone, but support for other Xperia devices should arrive over time.

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YouTube app now includes 480p and 1080p streaming quality options

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Need to boost your streaming quality when using the YouTube application? Or even lower the streaming quality? Now you can. The YouTube app now lets you choose exactly what resolution to stream content in. From the start, all devices are set to ‘Auto’ with other options sitting behind the scenes (or the cog within the app). There were a few options already but it topped out at 720p. YouTube has raised the maximum to 1080p and added a low 480p as an additional option.

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YouTube for Android updated with better stream quality selections

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YouTube for Android has been updated to version 5.7 bringing you better choices for selecting the stream quality. Before, you could only select HQ or HD, but now you will have your choice of either Auto, 144p, 240p, 360p, or 720p. You might be asking yourself why you would want to change this. It’s simple, if you happen to have a poor data connection, you can eliminate buffering by going with a lower setting. Yes, you do sacrifice some quality, but you won’t have to deal with constant pauses.

It might take a couple of days for this update to hit your device, but if you are in a hurry, we have the APK download, as well as the traditional Play Store download links after the break.

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Google’s Video Quality Report monitors ISP quality and suggests solutions

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There is nothing worse than having poor video streaming quality. Issues can be blamed on the device being used, the router, or the internet service provider (ISP). Google has a solution to find a solution for folks in the United States: the Video Quality Report. While it was previously available in Canada, it is now available here as well. The Video Quality Report is primarily meant to help with YouTube streaming, but users can use it as an indicator for anything else.

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New mobile app and features coming soon for YouTube creators

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Google just released a Creator Preview video showing what things they are working on to make YouTube better. These new features are going to make YouTube creators very happy.

The first is that a separate mobile app will be available soon that will be geared towards creators and will include many of the most requested features. Another very cool feature will be that fans will be able to contribute funds to their favorite YouTube creators. Lastly, creators will be able to create captions and subtitles for their videos in 60+ languages by harnessing the power of the crowd.

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