Mobile YouTube viewing time doubles year-over-year
What is driving mobile device owners to watch more and longer YouTube videos this year? Larger screened handsets is a big factor. Originally, YouTube fans were watching video over a 3.5-inch screen. Today, we are in an environment where a 5-inch screen is "mini"-sized, and there is nothing unusual about a phone sporting a 6-inch display. Even Apple has given in, offering a 4.7-inch screen on the Apple iPhone 6 and a 5.5-inch glass on the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. The Apple iPhone 5s, the previous version of Apple's smartphone, carried a 4-inch screen.
When the OG iPhone came with a YouTube client, the device did not come with 3G connectivity. Instead, the phone used EDGE which meant that those not on a Wi-Fi connection were seeing some awfully poor looking video. That has changed, of course, and today YouTube viewers have sharp images to look at whether hooked up to Wi-Fi or a 4G LTE signal.