Google overhauls YouTube Capture, Currents apps for iOS
Roughly a month after launching its YouTube Capture video shooting and sharing application for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is rolling out a new update touting enhanced video quality.
YouTube Capture enables users to film videos, apply effects like color correction and music tracks, and share their efforts to YouTube, Google+, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Twitter. Version 1.1 introduces 1080p high-definition video uploads, signaling a significant upgrade over the original release, which limited upload quality to 720p HD. Google also promises improved audio sync, accelerated upload speeds, more detailed upload feedback and assorted bug fixes and stability enhancements.
YouTube Capture complements the standalone YouTube for iOS app, which offers viewing access to YouTube videos and content channel. Google launched the ad-supported app in September after Apple eliminated preloaded YouTube support with the release of its iOS 6 operating system; this week, mobile metrics firm Onavo reported that within weeks of its release, the YouTube app was installed on about 20 percent of all iPhones across the U.S., and by the end of December, that number increased to 44.5 percent.
Google also is overhauling the iOS edition of its Currents newsreader app, which enables users to explore online magazines and other digital content optimized for access via touch-enabled smartphones and tablets. Version 2.0 brings a new sidebar promising more efficient access to categories like business and sports, as well as a "fast scan" feature letting users swipe vertically to scan an edition or swipe horizontally to advance to the next issue. Also new: Breaking stories ranked by Google News, links to full-length content and a saved stories option.
The free Google Currents app features articles, videos, photographs and slideshows from publisher partners including Forbes, The Guardian, PBS and Saveur, alongside thousands of blogs and newsfeeds. Currents also leverages Google translate technology to adapt content into any of 44 supported languages.
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