Beam app fills the Google Glass-to-YouTube upload gap

A new third-party app called Beam lets Google Glass users upload directly to Google-owned YouTube.

CNET's Bridget Carey tries on Google Glass with the sunglass attachment on, because the world is just too bright.
CNET's Bridget Carey tries on Google Glass with the sunglass attachment on, because the world is just too bright. CNET

Google's Glass can shoot video with its built-in camera, but one missing piece is getting it right onto YouTube, which Google also happens to own.

Fullscreen, a Los Angeles-based company, has solved that with what it claims is the first YouTube app for Glass. The software, called Beam, lets Glass owners post their videos to YouTube, as well as automatically share them on Twitter once they're live.

In short, first-person crotch-shot videos will be uploaded to YouTube faster than ever.

That very same feature could eventually be added by Google at some point, but for now users either need to grab the videos off the device by hooking it up to a computer or via posting to Google+, Google's social network, by using the Instant Upload feature.

The software, which was spotted by Slashgear on Friday, is the first of what Google hopes will be many third-party apps for Glass. The hardware itself began arriving to early adopters late last month as part of Google's $1,500 Explorer program.

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