Topic of the week

Will Every App Be a Video App?

Periscope, YouNow, Meerkat, Snapchat Discover, Facebook News, YouTube for Kids and on and on. There is a lot happening in video right now.

It may just be that the planets are aligning for video. Bandwidth was a constraint in the first decade or so of the web, and we’ve had high-quality, near bufferless video on the desktop for some time. It’s only recently that network connections have been reliable enough to allow video to thrive on mobile, and that’s probably why we’re seeing so much being done in this space now.

In some ways it seems like video is a category unto its own. Text and images flow together on the web and in apps, but if you’ve got a video in your interface,... ↓ expand

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