|Phenny Lynn Palec |||Apr 19, 2016 08:20 AM EDT|
(Photo : Reuters) YouTube is adding a new messaging feature to its app.
YouTube will release an update that will allow users to watch live 360-degree videos and spatial audio as it aggressively try to enter the field of virtual reality.
"Whether it's a sporting event or a concert or even a family gathering, all of us have had the feeling of wanting to be somewhere we couldn't. But these days, virtual reality and 360-degree video can help get you one step closer to actually being at those places and in those moments," Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan said in a statement.
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As part of the effort to promote the new feature, YouTube will stream a handful of selected performances from the second weekend of the Coachella music festival. YouTube said that it will demonstrate the power of its new feature by live streaming 360-degree videos.
Aside from live streaming 360-degree videos, YouTube is also rolling out support for full spatial audio to all of its on-demand videos. By supporting spatial audio, videos can accurately capture the actual audio as heard in real life.
YouTube said that the features will be rolled out first on Android but is yet to confirm whether the new updates will be rolled out to the iOS and Windows platforms.
YouTube and its parent company Google have been in the frontlines of virtual reality innovations. 360-degree videos and virtual reality contents are among the top priorities of these two tech giants.
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