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YouTube for Android updated, enables video preloading

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YouTube for Android updated, enables video preloading
While there’s been a lot of excitement generated from Google’s I/O conference over the last 24 hours, the YouTube team has cranked out an update that warrants some attention as well.

Version 4.0 of the YouTube app went live today via the Google Play store. For Android 3.2 devices and up the new app introduces a new UI with a guide on the left side of the screen, the ability to preload videos while on Wi-Fi for stutter free playback later, and can turn your phone into a remote when playing YouTube videos on other devices.

You can launch Google Play on your Android device to update your YouTube app for free right now.

source: Google Play

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posted on 28 Jun 2012, 00:43

1. mas11 (Posts: 1028; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Where's the update for Gingerbread devices? Considering that most Android devices run on Android 2.3.6 you would think that they would at least include those users.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 00:56

4. cripton805 (Posts: 913; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Re-read the article. It's youtube version 4.0

not ICS

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 01:12

6. mas11 (Posts: 1028; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


I'm saying where's the Youtube update for devices running Gingerbread, not an update to ICS for Gingerbread.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 19:51

12. chuckster123 (Posts: 11; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


Notice it says for android devices 3.2 and up. And youtube says VERZION 4.0

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 00:43 1

2. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2942; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Pretty damn awesome if you ask me.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 00:55

3. spoks (Posts: 44; Member since: 01 Jun 2012)


How to apply the preloading of videos? i try checking the option to preload but when i open the videos it still loads in a normal way and when i went out of the app, when i get back it is still loading as if im openning a new video...

is this preloading really working or just a gimmick?... can somebody help me how to do this?. thanks in advance...

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 00:57

5. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2942; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


You have to add them to watch later, be on wifi, and have your phone on the charger.

You'll see a green arrow next to the ones that are preloaded. If you have several subscriptions and watch laters it'll make more time to download.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 01:29

9. spoks (Posts: 44; Member since: 01 Jun 2012)


where can i find the watch later option? in the video list and long pressing it?

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 01:13

7. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5562; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


an awesome new feature, especially if you have tiered data. o:
also i was hoping the 4.0 update to 3.2 powered Tablets would overhaul the app but it doesn't appear to have done so on my Xyboard 8.2.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 01:16

8. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


i wonder if google has released a list of those "other devices". im curious what they are. id love for the youtube on my xbox to fall into that category...somehow i doubt it though.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 05:54

10. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Youtube app for ios needs a refresh

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 09:03

11. jibraihimi (Posts: 683; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


@thelegend6657, yes you are right that ios version of youtube seriously need an upgrade, but I doubt they are going to update it soon. I think Apple is going to do same thing with youtub, that they did with the maps, if youtube for ios is not updated soon.......... :)

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