YouTube for Android now supports 360 degree videos

YouTube for Android now supports 360 degree videos
Friday, Google announced that YouTube for Android will now support 360 degree videos. To do this, Google met with the manufacturers of 360 degree movie cameras such as Bublcam, Giroptic’s 360cam, IC Real Tech’s Allie, Kodak’s SP360 and RICOH THETA. The purpose of these get togethers was to make sure that YouTube would be able to play such videos made with their cameras.  For now, those shooting 360 degree videos will have to include a script that will allow YouTube to upload the video with the correct metadata. In the future, Google hopes to have this done automatically.

With the update to YouTube for Android, users can move their phone or tablet around while a 360 degree video plays, in order to catch all of the different angles on the screen. And while this feature is available now for Android users, Google is working feverishly to bring this to iOS. 

You can check out some more of the technology involved in this process, and download the necessary script by clicking on the sourcelinks. Google has been pushing YouTube hard this year with a kids spin-off of the site along with the 360 degree support. What could be next for YouTube?

source: Github (1), (2), YouTubeCreator via AndroidCentral



1. waddup121 unregistered


2. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015


3. phrancis

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

So will there be a goolgle cardboard VR app where you can look around these 360 videos?

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Already done Use the normal YouTube app, you can look around like photospheres Or Use the official Cardboard app with Cardboard, so you can look around like VR They are so much better than their website's d-pad thing But still no 60 fps yet

5. monoke

Posts: 1161; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Sounds cool and all.. but how bout bringing back 1080p first google. What's the point of having higher res/powered devices when your feeding us fuzzy 720 videos.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

What device do you have? I can view 1080p on my Nexus 5, and I've heard people with the Nexus 6, Note 4, G3 can view 1440p But still no 60 fps support

9. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

The 1080p res is already there and it never left but sometimes there is something wrong if you've installed the app. What you should do is remove the app and download it again usually you'll get the 1080p back if it didn't work the first time try it again. I noticed it usually works the first time if you watch a 1080p video on the preinstalled version

12. monoke

Posts: 1161; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Thanks guys! Got it resolved by by clearing data and cache. Got the z3 btw. Google needs to clear this s**t up cuz there are many people that experience this after updates and such regardless of device type.

8. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Jak What is a 360 video? People only see about 180 at best? Another buzzword like MS hologram? Edit: Nvm, I remember watching one video with 360 support. It's quite amazing actually.

10. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

On the Android app, not only can you rotate the device to look around, but you can also use your finger to look around.

11. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Another PA article littered with grammar issues. What is wrong with this site?

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