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Featured!

We launched a massive (and beautiful, we must say!) overhaul of Showyou.com earlier in the week, but we remain incredibly focused on our mobile apps.

Showyou has been featured many times before in the AppStore, but we were thrilled and honored to see the Showyou app featured in both the AppStore and GooglePlay store this week. It underscores this: that you can enjoy Showyou on all the screens that matter to you.

 

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AppStore

 

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GooglePlay

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The Most Interesting Video Collection on the Internet

Today we’ve launched a brand new version of Showyou on the web available now at Showyou.com. It’s sleek and probably the most beautiful place to watch video on a web browser.

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But it’s also this: the biggest collection of hand-picked videos on the Internet (and indeed, probably the second biggest video site after YouTube in scope and size).  Over 105 million videos, all on Showyou because millions of people — Showyou members and their friends and people they follow on Facebook and Twitter — thought they were worth sharing.

Because Showyou is made by people, we’re able to give you new ways to surf and watch. You can navigate through millions of channels with tens of millions of videos in our collection by taste, point-of-view and interest.

How do we determine “taste” and “point-of-view”? We don’t. Our members do that, with video channels they’ve made by sharing videos on or through Showyou.

And browsing by “interest”? We’ve built millions of topic channels with over 30 million videos.

Nic Cage PageInterested in tattoosBruce LeeGuinness World Recordsrobotshaute coutureBritish comedyducks (the new cats apparently), volcanoesdancea capellagreat white sharks, or the 1990s

We’ve been able to do something both interesting and new — that is, to combine data from a variety of sources with billions of social signals to create these new topically-organized video channels. We assign videos to topics based on the metadata we collect, but rank and filter those lists based on the social signals we observe. Put another way: our topic channels are made by people, with help from machines.

Happy surfing, and enjoy the millions of other interesting topic channels courtesy of our awesome community and some clever engineering (by developers at Showyou and at YouTube, Freebase and other services).

More thoughts on the importance of this launch on Mark’s personal blog.

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Showyou for Android Tablets

In addition to the launch today of a massively overhauled (and just plain massive new Showyou.com), we’re also announcing the launch of a new version of Showyou for Android devices, including support for Android tablets.

android-tabletWhen we (quietly!) launched a version of our Showyou service for Android in the spring, we initially targeted the Android smartphone. We had put a lot of work into building a native Android app, but we weren’t sure what kind of reaction we’d get.

We’ve been pleased by the reception so far — mostly 5-star reviews from users, and high praise from the critics — and we think the new version we’ve launched today is a significant step forward.

In addition to support for Android tablets, we’ve made the following improvements for our app for all Android devices:

  • Responsive design, with grid layout in landscape and feed layout in portrait view

  • Implementation of our “channel player” which we use on our iOS apps, with ability to swipe to next video in channel

  • Full screen video playback in landscape

  • Improved performance and usability

This new version of Showyou for Android will work with with devices running Android 4.03 and higher.

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