Next YouTube App Update To Bring Many Changes

Google and YouTube have been pushing VR and 360-degree video as a format for some time, but today they've announced a new VR focused format called VR180. The company says that the new format is meant to help content creators bridge the difficulty and logistics gaps between making Youtube videos and full 360° VR content. Although it will not be up to the standards of a VR experience, it will open up the content to a larger viewer base. It's finally coming! Also, videos within the app will soon be able to "dynamically adapt" to whatever size you think you might want to watch them in. The 360-degree videos will still be there, but they will not be the focal point of YouTube, or at least not right now, notes Mashable.

'The reality is, filming 360-degree VR videos isn't easy for most creators and some VR cameras are expensive, ' explained Wojcicki. Although the top and bottom of the video have the best quality, the middle does suffer in terms of quality. If you happen to look beyond the 180° field of view, you'll find the video trails off into a black void. She also took the opportunity to announce that YouTube Red would be adding more original TV content.

This year, for the first time, YouTube has chose to reveal its statistical numbers to the users. YI, Lenovo, and LG are all making VR180 cameras, and the first ones will be arriving this winter. Other manufacturers can also register for VR180 certification program.

You can watch YouTube TV on any screen-mobile, tablet or computer-and you can easily stream to your TV with a Google Chromecast or Chromecast built-in TV.

With smartphones equipped with video cameras being an nearly universal accessory along with the rise of YouTube and other video sites, more and more people are making and sharing video content. That will be available in Latin America in a couple of weeks, and then follow with a US debut.

  • Carolyn Briggs