YouTube

YouTube for Android

The most powerful video app on the Internet

There is no denying that when it comes to watching online videos, no other app or website is as well-regarded as YouTube. Since it was founded on February 14, 2005, it has exploded in popularity so much that Google itself took notice of the rising platform and bought it on November 2006. The concept of YouTube is fairly simple. It is a multimedia and streaming app that allows users to upload videos as well as view videos by other users. Although there are other platforms that offer the same service like YouTube, it is with its powerful performance that YouTube sets itself apart from the crowd.

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PROS

  • Fast streaming
  • Large video catalog
  • Multi-tasking friendly
  • Can continue videos from before

CONS

  • Feed-type subscription
  • No notifications from subscribed channels
  • Steep monetization requirement
  • Cannot go back to the previous video

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There is no denying that when it comes to watching online videos, no other app or website is as well-regarded as YouTube. Since it was founded on February 14, 2005, it has exploded in popularity so much that Google itself took notice of the rising platform and bought it on November 2006. The concept of YouTube is fairly simple. It is a multimedia and streaming app that allows users to upload videos as well as view videos by other users. Although there are other platforms that offer the same service like YouTube, it is with its powerful performance that YouTube sets itself apart from the crowd.

YouTube for Viewers

YouTube is a video-sharing platform, but most of its users are actually viewers rather than uploaders. The YouTube app itself is optimized for a great viewing experience. Probably one of the best things about the YouTube app is its intelligent auto-rotate feature. It can quickly detect whether a user is viewing a video in landscape or portrait and immediately changes the video’s orientation to match it. What’s even better is that both orientations have their strengths.

Users who like to view a video full-screen and with few controls to distract them will appreciate the app’s landscape mode. Not only will the video fill the screen, but the video player controls will also be limited to basic buttons such as pause, previous, next, and a progress bar. If users want to navigate to another video, they will be able to do so by sliding their finger up from the button. This will show several related videos.

Although the landscape mode is great, the real star of the app is the portrait mode. In portrait mode, users will be able to scroll down from the video to view additional information, related and recommended videos, and user comments. The video will not move, so users can watch videos and interact with the community at the same time. If users want to search for other videos, all they need to do is swipe the video down and it will minimize to a small bar at the bottom of the screen. Users can then browse more videos and visit YouTube channels. If the video is part of a playlist, the playlist will be accessible just below it so users can quickly navigate to the next video in the queue.

Powerful Features

YouTube is available on most platforms. For Windows and MacOS platforms, YouTube can be accessed easily through a web browser. On mobile devices, the YouTube app for Android and iOS can be easily downloaded. The YouTube Android app has very little difference from the iOS app. Users can also download a YouTube APK to quickly install it.

The app also provides users with a lot of viewing options to cater to their needs, preferences, and situations. For example, users can adjust the video quality of what they are watching to avoid slow loading times or large data costs. YouTube supports a wide range of video qualities, and users can even watch 4K videos directly from the app. For users who have difficulties in hearing, YouTube has a caption feature that any user can contribute to in order to help the uploader or other viewers. If no one from the community has added any captions, the app provides auto-generated captions that are generally pretty accurate, though it does have some misses every now and then.

It’s also possible to share and download videos from the app. To download videos, users only need to press the download button found on the video and it will start downloading at once. Sharing videos are just as easy. Just click on the share button and choose the social media platform and the person that you want to send the video to.

YouTube for Creators

As if YouTube isn’t enough of a juggernaut, it’s also adding features that were previously exclusive to other apps and platforms. For example, it is now possible to post Stories to your channel. Stories are typically short in length. They usually only last up to 15 seconds before moving to the next story in your gallery. Users then have 24 hours before the story disappears from your gallery forever. Before, stories can only be done on Instagram or Snapchat, but YouTube has adopted it as well to their benefit. YouTube creators didn’t have a way of updating their viewers without uploading an entirely new video, but they can now do it easily with YouTube Stories.

The process of uploading videos is also very quick and easy. The uploading time varies depending on the size and quality of the video as well as the user’s Internet connection, but it usually doesn’t take too long. Creators will be able to add tags to their videos to make them searchable to the rest of the site. They can also adjust the privacy settings of their videos. Videos can be set to public or private/unlisted. Public videos can be viewed by anyone while unlisted videos can be viewed by people who have the link to it.

Issues and Concerns

If there is one major concern that both viewers and creators share, it is the app’s unreliable subscription and notification system. Most people have noted that unless that bell icon next to the subscribe button is clicked, you won’t receive notifications even if you are subscribed to a youtuber. Subscriptions are also shown as a feed and you can’t filter it to only show videos from youtubers you need for the moment.

Since the app is constantly being improved to meet the needs and demands of its users, it is absolutely critical that users watch out for the latest YouTube update to keep it efficient and functioning. If you fail to update YouTube app, it might cause annoying problems and negatively affect your viewing experience.

Useful and Reliable

Despite all of this, the YouTube app is the most reliable video sharing and video streaming app there is. Although there are tons of apps that try to become the next YouTube like Vimeo or Vine, so far, nothing can even come close to YouTube. It’s fast, feature-rich, and community-driven. YouTube is at the top of the game and for good reason.

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