YouTube Shorts is reportedly getting a voiceover feature, something which is already available on the short video-sharing app TikTok. As of now, the YouTube Shorts on Android had the option to add audio from YouTube’s library. The new feature was reported by XDA Developers, who spotted a new string of code during the teardown of the Android version of YouTube.
The alleged code was found in the 17.01.32 beta version of YouTube and the strings of code suggested that YouTube Shorts will get a dedicated button for the voiceover feature. As mentioned earlier, YouTube creators can only use the audio available from YouTube’s own library and currently, they have to use third-party video editors to add custom audio clips to their YouTube Shorts.
However, the voiceover feature for YouTube Shorts is not yet live on the latest beta version of the YouTube app for Android. Furthermore, the company has not shared or announced any information regarding the rollout of the voiceover feature and the feature may not end up being released at all.
YouTube seems to be working hard to get noticed in the short-clips trends, which have been popularized by TikTok and other social media outlets have also copied many features from the app, including Instagram with Reels and Snapchat with its Spotlight feature.
These social media platforms are now attracting young creators to their platforms, who are developing a huge fan base through their short comedy skits and viral dance videos. It bears mentioning that YouTube had announced a $100 million fund for creators who make popular clips on shorts. TikTok has also announced a similar fund of over $1 billion in the United States over a three year period.
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