Posted 08/14/2013 at 12:09 PM
Posted 4 years ago
YouTube is back on Windows Phone and this time it’s here to stay.
Microsoft had previously released a version of the YouTube app for Windows Phone 8, only to face a backlash from Google, who contacted the company back in mid-May to demand that YouTube be pulled within a week due to certain issues that included giving users the ability to download videos and a lack of advertisements. Redmond duly obliged and pulled the app from its marketplace, and the two companies struck an agreement that would see them work together to create an updated application that would be more in keeping with Google’s rules and regulations. Today we have the results and a brand-new YouTube app is available to download from the Windows Phone Store.
Naturally, the major differences between the new app and the pulled one are the introduction of ads and the incapability of video downloading. There is plenty of good stuff too though, including live video streaming, and the option of pinning videos, playlists, channels, and search queries as Live tiles, a feature that is unique to Windows Phone.
As with the apps on Android and iOS, users will also be able to share videos to social networks, email and text messages, and fully manage their accounts and playlists. The app will also integrate with WP’s Kids Corner, helping youngsters stay safe when watching videos.
“We’ve released an updated YouTube app for Windows Phone that provides the great experience our consumers expect while addressing the concerns Google expressed in May, including the addition of ads,” said a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement issued to The Verge. The company also said that it appreciates “Google’s support in ensuring that Windows Phones customers have a quality YouTube experience and look forward to continuing the collaboration.”
The YouTube app is available to download now for free from the Windows Phone store.