YouTube Updated for Froyo and Gingerbread
Google today pushed out a new version of its YouTube application for older Android versions. YouTube for Android 2.2 Froyo and 2.3 Gingerbread adds the pre-caching feature that was made available to Android 4.0 devices earlier this year. Videos can be queued for viewing on compatible TV sets, though an internet connection is required to watch subscription content. The app also adds several new channels to the Channel Store and updates the user interface so that it appears more in line with the current Android 4.0 version of YouTube. The update is a free download from the Google Play Store.
YouTube Adds VR Video Content for Google Cardboard
YouTube today kicked off widespread support for virtual reality video content in the Android YouTube app. Android handset owners can find VR content in YouTube and watch it through the Google Cardboard viewer.
YouTube Kids to Give Parents More Control
YouTube has updates in store for its YouTube Kids service that will provide parents with more granular control over what their children can find and watch. Beginning immediately, Google's partners will cull together "collections of trusted channels" that range across topics such as music, sports, and arts and crafts so parents can pick and choose which their children are allowed to watch.
YouTube Music App Launches for Android and iOS
YouTube's stand-alone music app is now available for download. The app includes a home tab for recommended artists, as well as user-configurable stations based on individual tastes.
Google Refreshes Youtube for iOS
Google has pushed out an update to the iOS version of its YouTube application. The app now uses more elements from Google's Material Design, which Google says makes certain features easier to find and use.