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By Jay Bonggolto
YouTube's new features will let parents control their teens and tweens' experience
by Jay Bonggolto
YouTube has long had a version of its mobile app called YouTube Kids that provides a limited experience for kids in terms of videos they can watch on the platform. The app is meant to ensure that children aged four years and above watch only age-appropriate content and set a limit to their screen time.
For teens and preadolescents, YouTube acknowledges they have a different kind of need for learning and creativity. That is why the service is introducing a new capability that will allow parents to control the type of content teens and tweens can watch through a supervised account.
The new experience will launch in beta over the next few months and parents will have the option to choose from any of three different levels of access to YouTube: Explore, Explore more, and Most of YouTube. "Explore" is for children aged nine and above who are ready to use the main YouTube app and discover various types of content such as tutorials, gaming videos, music clips, news, and educational videos, among others. The second level allows kids aged 13 years and above to watch a broader set of content and live streams similar to those available under Explore. "Most of YouTube" provides access to almost every type of content, save for age-inappropriate videos.
YouTube also prepared a guide to help parents navigate the new options. These new content settings will be initially available to parents with kids under the age of consent as part of a test before expanding that capability.
In addition, parents can see what videos their children have watched or what keywords they've searched for directly from within their kids' account settings. This new feature complements existing parental controls available through Family Link and Google vows to introduce new capabilities in the future, including blocking content.
Although YouTube is giving parents the ability to permit their kids to watch content beyond YouTube Kids, the service will still turn off certain features for them including ads as well as in-app purchases, comments, and video creation when the new experience launches. That said, YouTube plans to work with parents in order to add some of these features "through an age-appropriate and parent controlled approach" over time.
By Abhay V
YouTube is letting some users stream 4K videos on phones with lower display resolutions
by Abhay Venkatesh
YouTube has long allowed users to stream high-resolution videos on the desktop regardless of whether their display supports those resolutions. For example, users on Full HD displays have been able to stream 4K videos or higher as the service downscales the video to be run on lower resolutions. However, the case on the mobile app has been different, since it restricts resolutions higher than that of the display.
That is changing now, as users have begun reporting on Reddit (spotted by XDA-Developers) that the Android app is offering the option to stream videos at up to 4K resolution at 60fps on some devices, regardless of whether the device’s display resolution is that high. In our testing, the option to stream 4K videos on mobile is present on some devices, mostly those with a resolution of 1080p or higher. However, not all devices with Full HD displays seem to offer the option. The Moto G5S Plus limits the resolution to 1440p. On the other hand, some 720p display-sporting phones like the Redmi 3S Prime offer up to 1080p resolution.
While the change makes it possible to stream higher fidelity, sharper videos on mobile devices thanks to the downscaling of content, the difference in quality on a small smartphone screen might not be as visually significant as on a larger display. Additionally, the higher bandwidth requirements for streaming larger resolution videos might cause a strain on those with lower internet caps.
By Jay Bonggolto
YouTube TV on Android may soon add support for offline viewing
by Jay Bonggolto
Youtube's core mobile apps for iOS and Android as well as YouTube Music and Kids already support offline viewing to let you download videos and watch shows while you're offline. This feature comes in handy especially if you want to save your favorite movies and TV programs to watch at a later time without worrying about a spotty internet connection.
However, this capability remains missing from the YouTube TV app for Android. Currently, you can only watch content through the app's cloud DVR, which needs an internet connection to work. But that could change soon, if a string of code spotted in the latest update to the app is any indication.
The YouTube TV app's latest version on Android (5.06.2) has been found containing a system notification that says "Looking for incomplete downloads" when you launch it. If this looks familiar, that's because it's the same notification you see on YouTube's main app and its other component apps where offline viewing is available.
YouTube TV's latest app code indicates that it will soon let you download movies and shows and save them on your device for offline watching. This can presumably be done with a download button that will show up in every video you watch. In addition, the app may notify you when you're offline and instruct you to open your downloads section where you can watch your saved videos instead.
The new capability is not yet available to users for now. That said, the latest version of the YouTube TV app is rolling out now to Android devices, so it may only be a matter of time before this feature goes live for everyone, including iOS devices as well.
YouTuber shows off what could be the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
by Paul Hill
A Filipino YouTuber, Tech Buff PH, recently revealed the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra in a ten-minute video (mirror) before setting it to private. A white and black version of the device was shown off and interestingly it comes with a small display by the rear cameras which lets you see what’s happening on the display, helpful if you want to take a selfie with the rear cameras.
The alleged specifications of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, according to the video, are as follows:
Display: 6.8” quad-curved AMOLED, WQHD+ resolution with 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus Cameras: Rear: 50MP main sensor, 48MP wide-angle, 48MP periscope telephoto zoom lens Battery: 5,000mAh, 67W fast wired/wireless charging at 10W reverse wireless CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Misc: IP68 rating for dust and water resistance The Xiaomi Mi 11 launched in China at the end of December with similar specifications including the Snapdragon 888 chipset. It arrived in international markets earlier this month with a price of €749. If a Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is released, it will likely be upwards of this price due to the rear display.
If you like being able to lay a phone down flat, the Mi 11 Ultra definitely is not for you. The rear display and camera are elevated quite a way up from the phone enough so to be noticeable when placing the device on a surface. According to XDA, the phone is not expected to launch this month but the fact that it has appeared on YouTube may suggest that we’ll hear more soon.
Via: XDA Developers
YouTube launches new Sports portal and expands its advertising tools
by João Carrasqueira
Sports fans that go to YouTube for their sports content have some news in store today. Google has announced a new Sports portal on YouTube, which aims to offer a more immersive experience dedicated entirely to this type of content.
Google claims the amount of sports content uploaded to YouTube in the U.S. grew by more than 40% in 2020, so a more convenient way to view it is a welcome change. The new portal will be the home to highlights from recent games, news, and videos trending in their region. You may also find content created by athletes, such as NFL wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. The new sports experience can be found on the desktop website here, or on the mobile app in the Explore tab. It's also coming to YouTube on smart TVs later on.
YouTube also has some news for advertisers, with the expansion of its connected TV lineup on YouTube Select, its dedicated platform for advertisers. This allows companies to get insights into popular content in different categories and help them buy ads that target specific categories of viewers, and this expansion is bringing that content outside of the U.S, to markets such as Australia, Canada, India, and Japan.
This expansion will take place over the course of 2021, with more countries to come, and it also includes sports content to go in line with the refreshed sports section.