Google Scoops Up Directr Video App, Adds It to YouTube
Google recently acquired a small video app called Directr. The app helps users shoot better videos by offering templates they can use to build different shots before piecing them all together into a single, polished video. Two versions of the app are available, one for personal use and another intended for businesses. The app is free, but users need to pay $0.99 to download finished videos. The business app cost several hundred dollars per year and could produce higher-quality videos worthy of testimonials and/or advertisements. Google said Directr’s employees will join YouTube's video advertisement team. Google will eventually make all versions of the app free to use. Google did not disclose terms of the deal.
Google Creates YouTube Go with Slow Networks In Mind
Google today released YouTube Go, a version of the mobile video app that has been optimized for slow and inconsistent wireless networks. The idea, says Google, is to allow people to get the most from YouTube even under poor network conditions.
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.
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.
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.
YouTube Revises Recommendations for Android and iOS Apps
YouTube is pushing out a new version of its mobile app to Android and iOS devices with changes to the home screen. The home section of the app offers more relevant personalized recommendations, says Google, that are generated by neural network technology.