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Google and Microsoft to “work together” on YouTube App.


After all the commotion caused by Microsoft’s Official YouTube app for Windows Phone, it appears the two sides have reached an agreement to work together on an App for the platform which will not violate terms and include adverts on videos, The Verge reports here

Good news for Windows Phone users, or at least it appears that way, but reading through the article reveals some worrying news that Microsoft “will ‘replace the existing YouTube app in Windows Phone Store with the previous version during this time’ according to a Google spokesperson.”

If you haven’t used it, the previous version of the YouTube app was little more than a link to the YouTube mobile website, which was fine, but compared to the current app, which allows HD video streaming and  an improved navigation which a Metro like UI it seemed lacking.

Another thing which worries me is that once MicroSoft has removed the new app, how do we know Google won’t decide to drag their heels. In my opinion, until a new app is ready, they should carry on offering the current version, even with the download feature removed.

Another part of the story which doesn’t fill me with joy is the following:

“The Verge understands that Microsoft will have to use publicly available YouTube APIs like the JavaScript and IFrame ones, meaning its upcoming full application will likely lose functionality.”

Personally I will be holding on to the version of the app which caused all the controversy, giving me the ability to download videos for offline viewing, and apparently access to clips which weren’t meant for mobile access, and I would advise you to do the same, if possible.

Not to be forgotten are the brilliant YouTube apps already available for Windows Phone, made by 3rd party developers, such as MetroTube and MyTube. Out of interest, how good are the official YouTube apps on iOS and Android? If anyone out there has experience using them.