Here’s what is new in YouTube and Android TV

Earlier today, Google held its annual keynote as part of a three-day long event known as Google I/O. The event has really just begun, and we already have a large handful of news rolling off the press. During Google’s two-hour developer conference keynote, the search giant touched on how its improving YouTube and how what’s coming will fall in line with Android TV and emerging trends.

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YouTube was just one among many areas Google addressed during I/O this year. The company has noticed a trend in media consumption moving to the living room. By this the company is referring to Android TV boxes, other streaming players, media sticks, and game consoles that can connect to the internet. Merging with this trend has been 360-degree video, which has seemingly become mainstream across all social media over the last year or so. To address these changes, Google is taking YouTube to the living room in the form of 360-degree video.

360-degree video and imagery will soon make its way over from smartphones to TVs. The movement begins with YouTube, which will be the first TV app compatible with 360-degree content. Users can scroll and pan through images and videos in a full range using their controller on Android TV. Other platforms will gain support through YouTube shortly, and there’s bound to be other video services who follow suite as well.

Google says that 360-degree video streaming on YouTube has experienced growth over four folds since last year. That’s why Google will soon let users stream live video in 360-degrees, and allow viewers to watch on their television set in real-time. What a time to be alive.

Also new to YouTube are some adjustments made to Super Chats, which first released near the end of the 2016 year. Super Chats were developed to help creators reach and better understand their audience. They allow the producer to gain feedback and make more buck thanks to loyal visitors who can essentially pay any amount of money to have their comment featured. However, the real cause for this is to bring people together and connect people from around the world. And now, it’s easier than ever to use and manage. It’s more consumer-friendly and has an API so that people can build their own projects. Google looks forward to seeing what the people create and so do we.

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Doug Demagistris is the Founder and current Editor In Chief of Droid Turf. He grew up in New York and now attends Bryant University where he is studying marketing and communication. He has been and always will be a Google enthusiast thanks to Android’s customization, flat design and exceptional integration with various Google services. Currently, Doug uses a Pixel 2 XL as his daily driver for its unique design, powerful hardware, exceptional camera, and stock experience. For shorter instances, he’ll glance at his Huawei Watch. And for more productive work, you’ll find him typing away on his Pixelbook. Doug is hopeful his productivity will make lives easier, more meaningful and help down the road.