Thursday, July 8, 2010

Video: Introducing New Mobile YouTube Site

After lots of hard work on so that YouTube videos play properly on iPhone and Android devices, it would appear that the company has decided who needs applications any more?

Google has reconfigured its mobile YouTube site at to promote all HTML5 compliant mobile browsers. In contrast to the applications which has given you limited functionality, the new mobile version of the site gives you a large number more access to the standard features of the site.

Instead of having to enter the Web address every time you would like to go the site, all you must do is make a Web shortcut app on your phone, and if you’re on the iPhone the site will prompt you to do this. Rather than the native app showing you an outdated TV as an icon, the new link could be the more familiar YouTube logo, so it'll be easy to discern between the two.

Many of the other benefits you’ll enjoy based on the official announcement include:
  • It’s really fast.
  • The user interface incorporates larger, more touch-friendly elements, making it simpler to access videos busy.
  • It incorporates the features and functionality you’ve come to anticipate from the .com site, like search query suggestions, the options to create playlists, enable you to designate “favorite,” “like” or “unlike” videos directly from your device.
  • As we fix, you’ll see them quickly follow on our mobile site, unlike native apps which are not updated as frequently.
Essentially, there won't be a reason to use the apps that your phone came with. Will be interesting to see how Apple reacts to this as the YouTube application has come pre-installed on all of its iOS devices since the first iPhone.

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