YouTube is all set to test a beta version of its new TikTok rival in India, the app announced.
According to the initial updates, YouTube Shorts will limit video to 15 seconds. It will be comprised of creator tools that are similar to TikTok.
Note that India had banned TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps due to border disputes between the two countries.
YouTube’s vice president of product management Chris Jaffe said in a blog post that Shorts is “for creators and artists who want to shoot short, catchy videos using nothing but their mobile phones”.
Initial updates say that the new rival of the Chinese-owned app will contain a multi-segment camera to string multiple video clips together, speed controls, and a timer and countdown to record hands-free.
Shorts also gives users the option to record using music as well as access to a library of songs.
Mr. Jaffe said Shorts would be expanded to other markets as the product becomes more refined and new features were added.
On the other hand, US technology company Oracle has confirmed its partnership with TikTok.
Oracle confirmed that TikTok’s owner has formally proposed it became a “trusted technology partner” to TikTok.
According to the international news agency, the purpose is to avoid President Trump’s threat to shut down the US operations of TikTok.
Donald Trump has suggested users’ data could be hacked by China under current arrangements. However, ByteDance denied the claim.