Prior to The Launch of iPhone 5, YouTube Launched Its Own iOS App

Just as all eyes are set on the release of the next-gen iPhone 5 by Apple, YouTube, which will no longer be a default app in the iPhone’s iOS 6, has already got a replacement.

YouTube, now owned by Google recently launched a new version of its own iPhone app, which is made with some notable changes and significant upgrades.

Users can easily install the upgraded version from the Apple App Store. Here is the link: http://itunes.apple.com/app/youtube/id544007664

It was revealed in August that a license between Apple and Google to preload the YouTube app in iOS had expired, which means that the famous video app, which had been a staple since the first iPhone, would no longer be a part of the package when the new iPhone hits the shelves.

YouTube, however, announced that the firm would release its own app for Apple products and came out with the new YouTube app for iOS.

With this upgraded iOS version, users will be able to play thousands of videos easily on their phone devices.

For YouTube, breaking up with Apple got good development for the firm. The new app the firm revamped now offers recommendations for YouTube users based on their past viewing habits. This feature can be a boost for the firm, which is always on the lookout to offer the best user experience.

This app also offers easier access to subscribed channels, which means users can easily follow someone on a regular basis.

And even if YouTube doesn’t offer recommendations, the upgraded app offers easier navigation and also includes a subject-based search guide that lets users look up videos based on interests such as music, pets and animals or sports.

Now sharing videos on Google, Twitter, Facebook and e-mail becomes much easier. The app also lets users save YouTube URLs to the clipboard.

YouTube says that this iOS app will work on iPad as well but has also announced that the firm is working on to develop a more tablet-specific app soon.

One of the most significant changes that cannot go unnoticed is that the new YouTube app comes with advertising.

With advertising, YouTube gets a way to monetize its mobile presence. And this is believed to be a success as the site gets around 1 billion mobile views per day.

Apple, however, is also launching its own version of maps in the next-gen operating system. The much-awaited iPhone 5 is slated for release today.… Read the rest

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Guild Wars 2 Hopes to Evolve MMO Games Business!

Fans of multiplayer online hit Guild Wars have some good news. The developers have now upgraded the game to Guild Wars 2, which is made with several noteworthy changes to game play that makes the sequel handy to the average video gamer.

The massively multiplayer online (MMO) game has evolved, offering gamers a breath of fresh air.

The unique approach to the game includes the developers’ decision to keep Guild Wars free-to-play that means that gamers won’t have to pay any monthly subscription fees now, which sounds fun.

Users can simply buy Guild Wars 2 with a starting price of $59.99, which depends on the version they want. But, what’s good is that there will be no regular bill, just micro-transactions in the game that players can use to enhance their characters.

Free-to-play service grows as the subscriptions of a game go down. With this decision, the developers seek to aim new customers, who find monthly bills a barrier to enter gaming market.

However, there are also other creative changes made to this follow-up version.

Designers of the game appear to have worked to get back the magic of MMO, which seem to have got lost among players.

Designed to get together players from all over the world, this updated version of the game pulls people as one.

Chris Whiteside, Lead Producer, Guild Wars 2 said that the team behind the game really wanted all players from different parts of the world to get together and interact with each other rather than competing for the same objectives related to specific areas of the game.

“It’s designed to be dynamically accessible,” he said. “So if someone turns up, it doesn’t negatively affect the experience, like how the enemies will behave.”

Guild Wars 2 also hopes to offer players an opportunity to work together. It wants to persuade people to come together and experience the world.

In a move to encourage a community, designers made the Guild Wars 2 world a persistent one. The game continues to change even when players leave the game. And to add more fun, actions that players take can alter the in-game world for the entire community, which can change their in-game experience altogether.

For example, if a player’s characters release or detain a village from the opposition, it will influence the political situation for every other player who may walk through that area.

The team has also put special emphasis to its beta weekends. It even invited players to take a look at the game during a particular stage of development. They also read the message boards and other community input from fans. The first version of Guild Wars sold 7 million units, which was ahead of the alpha and beta tests of the game.

The team of Guild Wars 2 said that around 50 to 60 percent of players did understand the changes team made when they saw the first beta weekend, whereas 40 percent seemed completely lost.

So the team reached out to people directly, and based on feedback, made the changes before it came out with a successful second beta weekend.

The game is expected to be a hit among gamers.

Whitman said, “We can’t wait to see the players, enjoy the world with them and see the whole world come to life.”

Players who pre-register can play the game on Saturday ahead of the official release on Aug. 28!… Read the rest

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