Google lights up YouTube TV service in eight new US cities

Google’s YouTube TV service storms up eight more US cities after it was introduced in 14 others last month. Up until now, YouTube TV was made available in 41 cities, so if Google maintains the same pace, it’s likely to be enabled in 50 cities by the end of the year.

According to Google, consumers in eight new markets have now access to YouTube TV assuming they pay the $35 monthly fee. Here is where YouTube TV is available starting today: Albuquerque, Austin, Birmingham, Greenville, Norfolk, Portland, Raleigh, and Sacramento.

New customers can sign up for a one-month free trial, but …

Google adds playback speed option on YouTube for Android and iOS

A brand new feature is slowing rolling out to YouTube users on Android and iOS devices, one that will surely make them happy. Google has just announced it is now allowing YouTube users to choose the playback speed of the videos they are watching.

Variable speed playback is available on the desktop app for several years now but only made it to mobiles this week, even though it was the most highly requested features.

Once Google finishes rolling out the new feature, YouTube users will be able to speed up or slow down videos in the iOS and Android apps. According to developers, the playback …

HDR playback going live for Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ users in latest YouTube app update

The latest update for the YouTube
app (12.34.55) is enabling HDR playback on Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices worldwide.


The Galaxy S8 and S8+, as well as a
handful of other HDR-certified handsets, recently tapped into Netflix’s
expanding roster of HDR video content, but the latest YouTube app update seems
to have a more limited scope.


After installing the latest update
on our Galaxy S8/S8+ and LG G6 units, we discovered that the functionality is
available only on Samsung’s phone. Playback at 1440p60 HDR is not perfectly
smooth on either the S8 or S8+ at this point, but this will …

YouTube Live now allows users to stream more easily from iPhone and iPad

Google announced its YouTube Live service has been updated with new features and improvements meant to further enhance user experience. Since most of the new features announced today are already available on Android, iOS users have the most to gain.

With the latest update, content creators will be able to interact much easier with their fans during live streams, thanks to a new ultra low-latency option. The new feature makes it possible to stream video with just a couple of second of latency, thus allowing you to answer fan questions.

Furthermore, thanks to the Apple ReplayKit, …

YouTube client ProTube feels the heat from Google, removes itself from the App Store

On the first of this month, alternative YouTube client ProTube was removed from the Apple App Store by its developer. This took place following complaints lodged by YouTube owner Google. The search giant first filed its complaint a year ago stating that the app violated its Terms of Service. Google pointed out in its complaint that ProTube was a paid app which alone was a violation of the YouTube ToS. ProTube developer Jonas Gessner wrote in his blog on Sunday that Google requested that ProTube remove all of the features that made it different than YouTube.

Google wanted ProTube to remove …

YouTube TV expands to 14 more cities in the U.S., now live in 29 areas

Google’s YouTube TV service is spreading its availability to more areas quite fast. Last month the service went live in 10 cities in the United States and we thought it would take a while for Google to continue to bring YouTube TV to additional regions.

Surprisingly, more than a dozen locations across the country have been added to the list of regions where YouTube TV is available. If you live in one of the following US cities, you’ll be able to subscribe to the service starting today: Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Columbus, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Louisville, …

YouTube for Android rolls out speed controls for video playback on some devices

One of the special features that YouTube reserves for its desktop version only is speed controls: being able to speed up or slow down a video is especially useful for those trying to learn moves from videos, or just looking for those tiny details that are not easily noticeable.
Now, YouTube seems to be mulling adding speed controls to its mobile application. 9to5Google has noticed the option to select video speed on YouTube for Android, version 12.29.57, but the option is not yet available to everyone out there (we don’t have it yet).
The …

YouTube Music now allows users to download songs, albums and playlist for offline listening

Until Google merges YouTube Red and Play Music services, music lovers get to benefit from new features that are only available with a subscription. YouTube Red is a premium service that requires a monthly fee, but one of the features that its subscribers use on a regular basis is now available for free to YouTube Music users.

Starting with the latest update, YouTube Music gains the option to save songs, albums, and playlists for offline listening, Google confirmed recently.

If you already updated to the latest version of your smartphone, you will find a new Save Offline option hidden …

Google Gboard for iOS now integrates Maps, YouTube, and a drawing feature

Gboard, Google’s official keyboard app, received an update earlier today, although only on iOS.

iPhone and iPad users who have Gboard installed on their devices can now access Google Maps and YouTube directly from the keyboard, just by tapping on the G button located on the upper left side. This way, it’s easier than ever to share your current location, or maybe a funny YouTube video, with friends – without switching apps.

Another new feature that the updated Gboard (version 1.8.0) brings is called Ink – you can find it by tapping on the emoji button, then on the dedicated pen button. …

Google Play Music and YouTube Red to be merged into a new streaming service

Google has just confirmed that two of its most popular streaming services will be merged to provide a single, more advanced experience. While this isn’t the first time that we hear about a possible merger between Google Play Music and YouTube Red, it’s the first time that an official confirmed the information.

Googler Lyor Cohen said during a panel session at the New Music Seminar conference in New York that his company has to merge these two services in order to educate customers and increase the number of subscribers.

According to Cohen, Google considers …