YouTube recently announced updates to enhance the experience of both creators and viewers on the platform globally. According to NDTV Gadgets 360, one of the new changes is a modernized interface for tablets. YouTube is also updating its video chapters feature that was introduced last year with the ability to automatically add chapters to relevant videos. It is also adding new parental controls to YouTube Kids. Additionally, YouTube is rolling out its TikTok-like YouTube Shorts in the US starting this March. The short video feature has so far been under testing in India.
As people watched a variety of content in different formats and styles while staying indoors last year due to the COVID-19 outbreak, YouTube saw distinct content viewing and creation patterns. That change has resulted in some of the updates that the platform is now bringing to the public.
YouTube Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan shared the details about the new features in the company’s blog post. He said that the Google-owned platform wanted to meet growing demands for video consumption by bringing a series of updates in 2021.
Mohan said that YouTube now supported formats including SD, HD, 4K, VR, HDR, and live video “on nearly every device with an Internet connection”. However, to improve navigation, accessibility, and search functionality specifically for virtual reality (VR) content, the platform is bringing a redesigned YouTube VR app homepage later this year.
YouTube is also bringing automatic video chapters, which it has been testing for a couple of months. At present, YouTube creators need to manually add video chapters to their videos. Mohan says in the blog post that the video chapters feature is being used in over 20,000 videos each day.
Users on YouTube TV are also getting a new add-on package with 4K streaming, offline viewing, and unlimited concurrent streams at home. Mohan says that YouTube TV, which is so far limited to the US, has more than three million paid subscribers and over 85 networks.