YouTube to Let Top Creators Share Short Clips
YouTube is adopting a video feature that has already been duplicated across Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and others. Creators who have more than 10,000 subscribers will be able to post Reels, short clips that can be stitched together to make a longer video. Reels fall under the banner of YouTube's Community project, where creators can already post GIFs, photos, and other content to provide sneak peeks of forthcoming videos. YouTube says creators' Community content will be more discoverable, and should automatically appear at the top of the most engaged viewers' home feed. Fans can elect to receive notifications when creator's have new content in their Reel. Reels will support links and stickers, and will not expire. This feature is being tested with a small number of creators before YouTube rolls it out to a larger group. Today's changes are meant to help video makers engage more with their fans via YouTube.
YouTube Live Streaming from Mobile Devices Coming Soon
YouTube today said users will soon be able to stream video live from their mobile phones. The video site already supports live streaming from PCs, and YouTube first promised to bring live streaming to phones last summer.
Google Shows Off YouTube VR App for Daydream
Google today announced YouTube VR, a version of YouTube dedicated to virtual reality. It will be among the first apps to support Daydream, Google's new VR platform for Android devices.
YouTube to Enable Mobile Live Video Streaming
Google plans to add live video streaming to its YouTube mobile apps. Google says live streaming will be incorporated into the application's core and won't require a separate app or download.
Autoplay Comes to YouTube On Android Phones
YouTube has rolled out a new autoplay behavior on Android devices that automatically starts playing video with the sound off when you open the app. YouTube has been testing the function since last year and it is now being pushed to most Android users.