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YouTube mobile app to support videos in virtual reality

The uber popular streaming video site has unveiled its new paid subscription service and future plans.

The YouTube Space in L.A. played host to a number of announcement about the website and its mobile app, and now there have been announcements with regards to two interesting new features that will be added to the streaming service’s Android application.

The announcement stated that virtual reality video would be added to the YouTube Android app.

This provides V.R. with the largest platform that it has ever had. The mobile app already supports virtual reality video, which is a format that provides viewers with 360 degree perspectives of the videos which the company has said makes the experience more realistic. In order to view one of these videos, a user must simply play the virtual reality video on the application, then select the VR mode button. The phone must then be placed in the “Cardboard” device from Alphabet Inc. That gadget is what provides the actual viewing experience in virtual reality.

The Cardboard viewer can be used to upload virtual reality content to be viewed through the YouTube mobile app.

Mobile App - Virtual RealityAccording to YouTube, at the time of the launch of the service, there were about a dozen videos available in this format, including one that was based on content from the Hunger Games movies. YouTube has also announced that a more limited virtual reality experience would be available using Cardboard simply by playing the rest of the videos in the streaming site’s massive library. Those videos would give the type of experience that would be expected from an IMAX theater.

According to the Immersive Technology Alliance executive director, Neil Schneider, 3D video was first introduced by YouTube in 2009 and the company was an early HD video adopter. For that reason, the VR trade organization’s executive director said that “It’s not surprising they would take the angle of adding virtual reality”.

Schneider also stated that people should be able to anticipate an influx of high quality content, but also said that it would likely be quite difficult to create amateur content since it is usually quite expensive to purchase the equipment needed to make VR content. It will be interesting to see how this changes the experience provided by the YouTube mobile app.

YouTube recreates its experience over mobile devices

The new smartphone app will be designed to make it simpler for users to create and find videos.

YouTube is redesigning the experience that it provides to users of mobile devices, since over half of the views to their video platform are now coming from smartphones and tablets.

This move was first revealed by Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of YouTube, in California at VidCon.

According to the statistics that are being generated by YouTube, itself, there are over one billion people around the world who use that platform. Over half of those views are being generated through mobile devices. Moreover, the revenue generated over smartphones and tablets for the platform is increasing by over 100 percent per year. In the new mobile app, there will be an additional three tabs added in order to make it simpler both to find videos and to create them.

The three new YouTube tabs for mobile devices will be: Home, Subscriptions, and Account.

Mobile Devices - YouTubeThe new Home tab will provide the user with an intelligent video list that has been selected for that individual based on his or her viewing history. The Subscriptions tab will provide a list of the most recent videos from the channels to which he or she has opted to subscribe. There will also be a notification option that can be turned on so that the user can receive a notification when one of those channels has released a new video. The Account tab will provide the user with a list of every video that they have uploaded, as well as their watch history.

The mobile app will make it possible for users to record their own videos and to upload them. From the application, they will be able to trim them, add music and filters, and upload them.

The new mobile app is already available for Android users and on the mobile web. That said, users of iOS mobile devices will still need to wait a little longer. It is on the way but at the time of the writing of this article, it had not been released at the Apple Store. According to project managers Omri Amarilio and Omri Amarilio, users can expect to see even more features being added to the application and the mobile web experience before 2015 is through.