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YouTube cracks down on dangerous video challenges, policy-violating links and thumbnails

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Watch YouTube's Rewind 2018 video and you'd think the platform was a wholesome community inhabited by only talented, well-meaning creators. In reality, there's a massive amount of cringe-worthy and downright unethical videos that went up this past year, many of which became hugely popular. In an effort to curb one of YouTube's most dangerous genres, the platform has now updated its community guidelines to crack down on dangerous pranks and challenges.

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YouTube cracks down on dangerous video challenges, policy-violating links and thumbnails was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

YouTube is testing video download recommendations in select markets

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

It's been five years since YouTube started rolling out offline video downloads. At the latest count, users in 154 of the world's 195 countries can download videos for offline playback; some countries require having a YouTube Premium subscription, while others let everyone download videos. Now YouTube looks to be pointing users towards videos they might want to download next, as we see evidence of a new "recommended downloads" feature.

When Malaysian AP reader @JazliAziz opened the downloads section on his YouTube app, he was greeted with a new section called "Recommended downloads." Other video streaming services like Netflix already recommend which shows to download, so YouTube will be playing catch-up here.

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YouTube is testing video download recommendations in select markets was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

YouTube starts showing community posts on the web home page

Friday, January 11th, 2019

YouTube's community features began showing up around a couple of years ago but it took a year for the feature to reach more channels and start popping up in users' home feeds on mobile. However, on the web, these posts were not as easily accessible: you had to go to each channel's page to see if it had any community updates. That won't be the case for long though, as posts are starting to show up on the home page for a few users.

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YouTube starts showing community posts on the web home page was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant has a Disney-esque musical ride at CES — see for yourself in VR

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

When it comes to massive trade shows like CES, many companies feel the need to get extravagant with booth installations just to stand out from the crowd. Case in point: Google set up a musical, Small World-style ride for Assistant that is the very definition of over-the-top. Thankfully, even those of us who aren't attending the event can give this monstrosity a virtual ride through a 360-degree video posted on YouTube.

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Google Assistant has a Disney-esque musical ride at CES — see for yourself in VR was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

YouTube TV app now available on all Vizio SmartCast TVs

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

After roughly six months of slow and steady rollout, the YouTube TV app is now available on all Vizio SmartCast TVs. The $40 per month cable alternative first arrived on a selection of newer, high performing Vizio models about half a year ago, with a YouTube engineer on Reddit noting that the company would add more models after monitoring and fine-tuning playback quality. That process seems to be complete now, as Google has just updated its YouTube TV app help page confirming the support.

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YouTube TV app now available on all Vizio SmartCast TVs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Android too] YouTube adds 1.75x playback speed on the web

Friday, December 21st, 2018

I would have never thought that a single YouTube playback speed setting would be requested or would get noticed this much, but today I've learned that you can't make assumptions like this without researching them first.

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[Update: Android too] YouTube adds 1.75x playback speed on the web was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

YouTube is testing Up Next filters on Android

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

 

When you're watching a YouTube video, the app often taunts you with other recommendations you should watch next, and if you have Autoplay turned on, it even goes through that list automatically. However, you rarely have any control over what shows up in this list. A server-side test tells us that this might be changing soon.

Over the past month, we've received a few tips about filter bubbles showing up above the Up Next recommendations.

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YouTube is testing Up Next filters on Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

YouTube adds 1.75x playback speed on the web

Monday, December 17th, 2018

I would have never thought that a single YouTube playback speed setting would be requested or would get noticed this much, but today I've learned that you can't make assumptions like this without researching them first. It seems that the 1.75x speed setting has been asked about, not once, not twice, not even thrice, but even more times, and when it showed up a few days ago on the YouTube desktop site, many users did indeed notice it.

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YouTube adds 1.75x playback speed on the web was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The YouTube app’s auto-playing home screen video previews are expanding to non-Premium users

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

YouTube Premium subscribers have been able to preview videos on the app's home screen for months now — videos play silently with captions until you scroll away from them. More people will be able to enjoy the feature soon, though, as the YouTube team has shared that "Autoplay on Home" is coming to non-Premium users over the next few weeks.

Auto-playing videos are handy for deciding whether a clip is worth your time without tapping to open it.

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The YouTube app's auto-playing home screen video previews are expanding to non-Premium users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

YouTube hits 5 billion installs on the Play Store

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

YouTube has been streaming video since before some of our younger readers were born. Since its launch in 2005, it's become mind-bogglingly popular. It also comes pre-loaded on every Android phone with access to Google Play, which has led to a significant milestone in the app's history: YouTube has now seen more than five billion installations on Android.

Last year, Google Play services was the first Android app to hit five billion downloads.

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YouTube hits 5 billion installs on the Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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