Google’s own YouTube app for iOS now available

By on September 12, 2012
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New app is sleeker, faster, and with advertisements.

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Sometimes good things come out of license expiration. When Apple launched the original iPhone, it and Google signed a 5-year license agreement to develop the YouTube app that comes packaged default on everyone iPhone. Apple was set in-charge of the app and its interface, which unfortunately did not change much over the years.

This year, the contract ended, allowing Google to wriggle free and make their own app for the iOS, bringing much needed all-round improvements to what was becoming a stale, unstable and clunky app. The new YouTube app resembles its Android counterpart, and has several new features such as improved search (also possible by voice), commenting on videos, accessing subscribed channels, and sharing videos.

The app also opens up access to thousands of videos that were blocked by Apple due to adverts. Of course, the downfall to this is that users will now encounter advertisements on certain content, but is it a price we are willing to pay for new content?

The app is available for iOS 4.3 and higher on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.


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