Google rumored to be developing a YouTube-based Android phone

Google has tapped the services of UK-based Survey Bods in issuing out surveys to find out if there’s a demand for a ‘YouTube Edition’ Android smartphone. As of right now, it’s nothing more than a concept, but there is a possible image to go along with this survey that contains quite a bit of information.

The now rumored ‘YouTube Edition’ smartphone could run some version of Android and entail hardware and software focused on delivering YouTube content in the easiest and most user-friendly way possible. Both LG and Samsung seem to be interested in partnering to make the device.

According to a recent survey, the phone will feature ‘YouTwist,’ allowing the user to instantly switch to landscape mode from the homescreen and provide quick access to suggested YouTube videos presented in a grid-style format. The phone is also said to come with a dedicated button on the side providing instant access to the YouTube app. It could also act as a shortcut to start capturing video. Unsurprising, this feature could be called ‘YouCapture.’

Then there’s ‘Creator Connect,’ which features a ‘Stories’ section similar to Instagram that showcases YouTube creator profiles that when tapped will take you to the user’s community feed. There was also a demo shown on the survey that shows live video thumbnails to be displayed on the phone’s lockscreen that give quick access to a live YouTube video with just a hit of a button.

The rumored phone is expected to be marketed as a mid-tier device in terms of its specs. Speaking of which, there were a couple of variants of the YouTube Edition phone presented on the leaked survey. Here’s what you can expect most variants to have:

  • 6-inch 18:9 LCD display with a resolution of 2160 x 1080
  • 2.2 GHz processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 3,700mAh battery with fast charging
  • Dual 12MP and 5MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Dual Dolby Atmos stereo speakers
  • 32GB or 64GB storage
  • Red, White and Black color options

As a bonus, YouTube Edition phone users could receive 10GB of free data per month for one year. The details on this are scarce at the moment, but the report does suggest that the phone will have something to do with Google’s Android One program. For pricing, the phone could start at around $350 USD for the base storage model.

It’s important to note that while the survey was created and distributed, it does not guarantee that Google will produce and sell the phone. In fact, the name of the phone is still up in the air as well. So take this with a grain of salt for now, because even if the phone becomes a reality, it’ll likely be some time before we see it introduced in markets. We can only wait to see if the YouTube Edition phone actually hits shelves. Do you think this is a good idea? Drop us a comment.

SOURCE [Android Authority]

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