I/O 2017: YouTube Crosses 1 Billion Hours Per Day, Launches New Super Chat API

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Last year, YouTube passed a viewership of 1 billion hours a day, YouTube’s CEO Susan Wojcicki told the audience while discussing the openness of Youtube at the Google I/O keynote.

She also said 60 percent of YouTube’s watch time comes from mobile devices. However, watch time for TVs is also escalated at 90 percent per year. Also, there has been a 4X growth in YouTube live streams.

Youtube app is now running on around half-a-billion devices which aren’t a smartphone, said Sarah Ali after taking over the stage. YouTube 360 video will now work on YouTube apps for TVs.

YouTube 360 on TV

Barabara McDonald took over the stage with a lot of enthusiasm to talk about YouTube’s SuperChat feature launched earlier this year. Fans can highlight their messages during YouTube live streams. But people have to pay for it.

A new Superchat API has been announced for the developers. When a user sends super chat to a creator things happen in real life. EG: They can turn off lights at the creator’s end.

Read our full coverage on Google I/O 2017 here.

Aditya Tiwari

Aditya Tiwari

Aditya likes to cover topics related to Microsoft, Windows 10, Apple Watch, and interesting gadgets. But when he is not working, you can find him binge-watching random videos on YouTube (after he has wasted an hour on Netflix trying to find a good show). Reach out at [email protected]

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