In a blog post, YouTube announces new features to come in its product offerings. The first one mentioned in the article is about video chapters – which will soon be automatically applied to YouTube videos. Video chapters segment a YouTube video into chunks, making it easier for viewers to find information about them without having to browse through the video. We have been using video chapters for some time on our YouTube channel, which is visible by the timestamps we place in our video descriptions.
Next, YouTube will launch a redesigned YouTube VR app. The update will include improved navigation and accessibility. It will also improve the search function of the VR form factor.
Google sees success on YouTube TV, which offers live TV programming in supported markets. YouTube TV also comes with an unlimited DVR so you can watch recorded shows anywhere there is an internet connection. This is why YouTube is going to offer an offline viewing feature – useful for downloading recorded TV shows for offline consumption while on a flight or traveling in limited service areas. Google will add this functionality along with an additional option to watch the programming (available) in 4K.
In addition to YouTube Music’s expansion of custom activities or mood-based playlist creations, and the announcement of new parenting tools for the YouTube Kids app, YouTube is announcing the expansion of YouTube Shorts. This is a short form video tool that has filled the void left by the TikTok ban in India, where the feature is still in beta. YouTube claims that short films get more than 3.5 billion views per day worldwide. YouTube will be releasing beta shorts for the US starting “in the coming weeks,” which we expect to be sometime in March.