Anyone who remembers the fuss surrounding Windows Phone’s YouTube app, back in August may not be too surprised to hear that Microsoft have removed the “offending” app which gave Windows Phone 8 users an experience on par with Android and iOS users, and resorted to the app which merely links to the mobile YouTube website.
Originally, Windows Phone had agreed to work with YouTube on an app which complied with terms and conditions set out by Google, and just when this had been achieved Google stood by their word of not wanting a “first class YouTube experience on Windows Phone” and remotely killed the app. The reasons Google offered for this included a “degraded experience” due to the new app not being coded in HTML5, however they don’t seem to have the same concerns about Android and iOS’s official YouTube apps.
Whether this digression to the mobile website app means that Microsoft have gone back to work on a “compliant” app is yet to be seen, but they could just have conceded defeat. Time will tell on this one.
Microsoft’s official YouTube app can be downloaded from the Windows Phone Store HERE
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