Last year, Google tested a more personal approach for YouTube in the Android app, rolling out a new design with topic filters that helped you trim down recommendations based on content. Following a wider rollout of the feature in the Android app, Google has now decided to expand it to the iOS app, and even YouTube on the web/desktop. Previously it was only available in English, but it will be expanding to French, Portuguese, and Spanish as well. Read More
If you've never used Google Opinion Rewards, it's an app from Google that periodically sends you surveys and rewards you with Play Store credit. Most questions are usually location-based, asking if you've been to a certain place recently and how you would rate it. But it looks like Google may be using Opinion Rewards to improve YouTube video recommendations.
Earlier today, I received a survey asking about my YouTube history. It's worth noting that if you have YouTube Watch History disabled, you won't get these surveys.
Left: A YouTube survey?! Right: Here it asks about a video I watched earlier today. Read More