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YouTube rival Smyles set for Dublin Web Summit

New YouTube rival Smyles is set to take part in this year’s Web Summit in Dublin.

Cao Hung Nguyen and Marius Jeskulke, founders of the German startup from Cologne, will present their app to an international audience next week at the tech gathering.

The Smyles app promises to fill the gap between YouTube and Snapchat.

It's creators say it is the answer to those who think that hosting a YouTube channel is too much of an effort and to those who think that Snapchat’s and Instagram’s videos are too short in order to share meaningful content.

“Smyles is the ‘new YouTube while on the move’. It is simple, versatile and up to date. Whether at school, at work or on the way to visit friends, users can create their own channels and share or stream their videos within seconds and everywhere”, Nguyen and Jeskulke explain.

"Lots of unexpected events take place when you are outside; now you are able to capture everything with your smartphone camera and share it via Smyles. In contrast to Snapchat or Instagram, you can film up to 3-minute videos and even import videos from your storage.

"This way, no moment will ever be lost. Through the extended video length, reports, follow me arounds and vlogs will reach a whole new level of video storytelling. As soon as a video has been shared, all subscribers get a push notification.

"This way, they don’t miss out on any release of their favourite video producer. Thanks to the hands-on chat feature, the users can comment in real time right below the videos. For the more cautious users, videos can be shared privately implicating that they will disappear after."

Smyles is among the 2,000 startups, from a total of 30,000 applicants, to be given the chance to to search for potential investors at the world’s largest technology conference. It is available free of charge for iOS and Android in the common App Stores.

More information is available on the Smyles website.

The Web Summit takes place between the 3rd and 5th November in Dublin

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