As short-form videos became popular thanks to TikTok, other companies have been looking to copy the concept. In fact, Google launched the YouTube Shorts beta in India last year. But the initial beta tests are over and the company is officially launching the new feature.
According to Creator Insider, content creators in the US will get access to YouTube Shorts within the next week. Along with the launch, YouTube has extended the maximum record time from 15 to 60 seconds. However, the cap remains at 15 seconds if you're recording with music from the YouTube library. Creators can also add filters and captions.
Besides that, YouTube has moved the explore Explore tab to the top left of the YouTube mobile app. The new Shorts tab takes its former place at the bottom. YouTube also changed a few other things, such as allowing users to change their profile name and picture without the changes reflected on your Google account.
There hasn't been any news on when YouTube Shorts will be available globally, but we'll probably have to wait for at least a few months. Until then, please stay tuned to TechNave for further updates.