After experimenting with it in the beta channel, then doing a bit of A/B testing, it seems that Google is finally ready to roll out bottom navigation in the YouTube app. The update is a combination of an app update, which happened last week, and a server-side update, which is happening now. Assuming you have the former, the later should be coming to you over the course of the next few hours.
Once you have it, gone will be the top tab navigation for Home, Trending, Subscriptions, Shared and Library. Instead, they are all clearly identified on the bottom of the display in the streaming content app.
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A new version of the YouTube app for Android is rolling out in the Play Store, bringing a new double-tap gesture to rewind or advance the video you are watching by 10 seconds. The new gesture works exactly as you would expect. If you double-tap the right side of the video you are watching, you will advance 10 seconds into the video. Double-tap the left side and you go back 10 seconds. No more having to use the seek bar to try to go forward or get back on a video.
The new feature is something that should make video viewing a bit easier and faster to navigate.
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The Google Chrome team has launched an education and troubleshooting set of videos for Chromebooks and Chrome OS on their YouTube channel. The videos, eight in all, cover a wide range of topics from setting up your Chromebook for the first time to troubleshooting Wi-Fi issues. Each of the videos range from a couple of minutes to nearly 5 minutes depending on the topic. While experienced Chromebook and Chrome OS users will find the videos to be basic, for those who are moving from a Windows PC or Mac, they can be a huge time saver when it comes to understanding their new device.
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On Friday, January 20th, the United States will see the swearing in of our 45th President, Donald Trump. Regardless of where you stand politically, the swearing in of a President is a big event and you will be able to stream it live on YouTube. YouTube will give viewers live streams from multiple sources throughout the day including the swearing in ceremony and the inauguration speech of the President. You can view those streams from any device.
As part of the coverage, some channels will be offering 360-degree views and 4K streaming.
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On their official YouTube channel, Google has released another series of short videos highlighting a service of the company. This new series is titled Meet Data and the seven videos show you how the company uses data to help you. Using examples of how search works to how Google Maps helps you find that location you are looking for, the videos outline how Google uses big data to help you in that process. Each video also points out that data security and privacy is important.
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YouTube has announced that later this year, they will be rolling out a new app that will allow for offline content viewing and sharing. The new app, YouTube Go, will allow users to download content to their phones and view that content later, even if they are offline. You will be able to select the quality of that content so you can control how much space on your phone is taken up with YouTube content and you will be able to share that content with others via NFC. The idea is that the app can work completely offline.
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If you have been thinking about trying out YouTube Red, the ad-free version of YouTube, now is a good time to give it a go. Right now you can sign up for three months for just .99 Cents, giving you full access to the service, and as a bonus, to Google Play Music Unlimited as well. For those who may not remember, Red is the ad-free version of YouTube which gives you an ad-free experience but also allows you to download videos for offline viewing later on your Android devices. It also gives you access to original YouTube content.
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