Google Updates iOS YouTube App with Optimization for iPad and iPhone 5

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Posted 5 years ago

Hot on the heels of the new and improved Gmail 2.0 for iOS, Google has launched an updated YouTube app for the Apple operating system. The new app was introduced in an official blog post by software engineer Horia Ciurdar and will include support for the 4-inch iPhone 5 display, as well as a native version for the iPad.

“You love watching YouTube on the go—in fact—more than 25 percent of all YouTube watching happens on mobile,” Ciurdar said in his post. “This past September you got the YouTube app for iPhone and iPod touch to make it easier to find and share the videos and channels you love on YouTube, and you made us the #1 free app in the App Store for two months. Since then, we’ve been hard at work to improve the app based on your feedback.”

This is the first native YouTube iPad app since Apple decided to remove the video sharing site from the pre-installed software on iOS 6. Backend improvements have been made to ensure the app is faster and better than before, and the new interface is solid and user-friendly. The new app also brings enhanced AirPlay support, full access to the personalized channel guide, the ability to add and remove videos from playlists, and improved accessibility with VoiceOver.

This latest release is sure to cement YouTube’s place at the top of the App Store charts, and Google has managed to turn being dropped from iOS 6 into a positive thing for themselves, by cleverly including ads for Google in the new app – something which was not possible on the pre-installed version.

You can read more about the new YouTube app and check out some screenshots over at the iTunes Store.

 – Anthony Carter

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