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Is Google now blocking mobile YouTube from Windows Phone?

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Is Google now blocking mobile YouTube from Windows Phone?
Last week, we told you how Google had apparently redirected maps.google.com for Windows Phone 8 users to Google's mobile search home page. Google at first said that it was doing Windows Phone users a favor since the application didn't work with Internet Explorer and was designed to work on Webkit powered browsers like mobile Safari and Chrome. But the yolk was on Google's face when it was shown that a change in the UserAgentProfile on a Windows Phone 8 model to trick the maps site into thinking that it was running on an Android phone allowed for full functionality, thus disproving Google's claim.

Google eventually did what it should have done in the first place and now allows Windows Phone 8 users to access maps.google.com. Funny how Internet Explorer now can handle the site.

But before we could close this case and file it under "L" for lovey dovey, we became aware of a new situation. Since January 10th, it seems that Windows Phone users cannot access the mobile YouTube website. The site, m.youtube.com, uses HTML5 and back in the day was designed for featurephones like the LG Voyager which did not offer Flash, nor had a YouTube client. Since then, the site has been beefed up and offers just about every video that the iOS and Android apps do, and the quality is very close, if not the same. Since Google does not allow Microsoft to offer a YouTube client, the mobile site would be the best place for Windows Phone users to view YouTube videos. Except that those trying to go to m.youtube.com from their Windows Phone handset are being redirected to a page that asks users to "install an app for this task," and when you choose the option to search for one, it comes back saying that no apps can be found.

The problem seems to be when using the Desktop mode in Internet Explorer on Windows Phone 8. Switching to Mobile view seems to work fine. Those using Windows Phone 7 are out of luck since videos will not play in any mode even if they can navigate to the m.youtube.com site. But the browser on Windows Phone 8 is technically the same as on Windows 8 which can only lead to the conclusion that it is something that Google has done. Changing the browser string to Mobile view allows the mobile YouTube site to play on WP8 just as changing the UserAgentProfile to Android allowed maps.google.com to work on Windows Phone 8.

Once again the ball is in Google's court.

source: WPCentral

Trying to access the mobile YouTube site on Windows Phone 8 leads to a request for you to install an app (L) that doesn't exist (R)
Trying to access the mobile YouTube site on Windows Phone 8 leads to a request for you to install an app (L) that doesn't exist (R)

Trying to access the mobile YouTube site on Windows Phone 8 leads to a request for you to install an app (L) that doesn't exist (R)


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posted on 12 Jan 2013, 13:15 37

1. darkkjedii (Posts: 22059; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Cmon google, thats an apple type move. Not good.

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 13:44 5

10. syedej123 (banned) (Posts: 71; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)


Cmoon dear...
it works Vodafone Qatar ...
google wont to do like this ..!

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 14:07 4

14. wp7tribes (Posts: 52; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


rofl they have done more than this where have you been

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 14:40 4

21. syedej123 (banned) (Posts: 71; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)


Blocking Thier OWN Map is their wish !
Blocking Public Media Site Is SENSELESS !
They Wont do that !

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 01:43 6

92. groupsacc (Posts: 232; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


Youtube is owned by Google.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 02:22 2

98. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 293; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


wp market place is region locked, change the region to US and check again, even the app collection will change

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 14:03 2

12. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Did that just come out of your hands and brains??
Are you transformed? iThought you were one of them Apples.

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 14:14 10

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 22059; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Nate I'm an apple user, not a fanboy. I'll call apple out n a heartbeat bro. Android is tugging at more n more tho, I'm loving my note 2

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 14:30 2

18. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Lol, that's nice to know!
That was a joke by the way...

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 14:52 2

25. darkkjedii (Posts: 22059; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I feel u dawg, don't think I didnt laugh lol.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 10:53

114. Droiddoes (unregistered)


The Note 2 that you sold because "it sucked" or the Note 2 that you bought after you sold the first one for "sucking"? I'm confused which Note 2 you are referring to.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 16:10

124. darkkjedii (Posts: 22059; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Never said the note2 sucked I said and I quote. The cameras mms for videos sucked and it still does, but its an awesome phone. I also said I'd buy another after the holidays off craigslist. Go back and read my comment before u try to make me out to b a liar. I'm typing this from my note 2

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 14:46 4

23. MartyK (Posts: 846; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


"Microsoft announced that Google had become the latest ActiveSync licensee. Google apparently is licensing ActiveSync"

http://techrights.org/2012/12/28/microsoft-activesync-and-google/

Yep and if I was Google, you want Youtube to work on WP, pay me!

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 23:32

79. Klevis (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Dec 2012)


In that case, Google should make it the same for all clients and not only for Microsoft, because it is anticompetitive behavior.

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 16:16 6

31. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


i dont get how the author can say "Google should of did this in the first place" when we ALLL know what microsoft has been doing to Google! Whether Google did this by accident or ON PURPOSE, somebody is going to have to explain to me WHY microsoft DIDNT deserve it!

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 18:15 3

43. bon24x7 (Posts: 206; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


cos microsoft developed the stuff they're licensing to others..they're not forcing anyone to purchase it..google didn't develop youtube..get it..?
its been free since day one..so changing something to hurt another eco system is not being fair.. if its free it has to be free for all and if its paid it has to be paid for all..

its like coke and water..one was made to be paid and the other to be used freely..

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 12:41 1

118. willard12 (Posts: 1722; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


I'm still trying to understand those bottles of water on store shelves and that damn water bill I get every month.

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 20:41 7

61. MeoCao (unregistered)


Google may actually want to strike a cross lincensing deal with MS.

Android has to pay to access Outlook so MS should pay to access Youtube.

The best thing can happen is MS drops fee for accessing their mail service. MS already earns a lot of money selling the service to users.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 21:55

131. ckoch125 (Posts: 192; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


only thing is if they make MS pay they are going to have to make Apple pay as well otherwise they would say it is "unfair, anti-competitive, etc"

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 22:35

132. MeoCao (unregistered)


YT is not even a patent mate, let alone standard essential patent so the rule you mention does not apply.

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 22:35 2

77. fanboysrdumb (Posts: 44; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


in the end its not about google or apple its about who makes a buck and how they can improve their profit margin.

dont think of google as red cross, its a business let it be a business.

its a good move to think about it your blocking windows, especially that nut case steve balmer and his crap windows software from accessing anything. cause steve was talking shots at android in the open thinking he got nuts of steel. but little baldy got the weiner of the chinks.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 04:18 3

101. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Answer this for me....

"The problem seems to be when using the Desktop mode in Internet Explorer on Windows Phone 8. Switching to Mobile view seems to work fine."

I dont see how this means Google is blocking mobile Youtube from Windows Mobile...

Maps I could understand because desktop mode isnt on by default...Isnt mobile view on by default? I seriously, seriosuly question this article writers motives the past few weeks...

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 17:50 1

126. fanboysrdumb (Posts: 44; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


question what about this article ?

that windows is not crying ? that google is a villain ?

my friend the only answer is for you is that this is all bs and entertainment to keep your mind busy. so sit back grab some chips and some pop,beer or piss (w/e you fancy) and enjoy the show.

while others make money we going to fight and kill each other over brands.

yEah real productive, wonder wtf einstein would have to say to us today or newton ?

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 00:36

133. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


lol...so true.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 19:12

127. cripton805 (Posts: 1455; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


It seems like their updating it to work for Windows, so considered blocking at the moment for Windows 8. It seems that way from what I got from the end. The article isnt very clear and shouldnt be misleading like that.

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 13:15 9

2. kainy (Posts: 165; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)


Things are getting out of hand...

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 13:22 22

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


It is Google's software.... As such, it is their choice to play or not play with WP. It will be interesting to learn what Google's response is.

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 14:38 12

20. Rocksteady (unregistered)


Couldn't have said it better.
No one can force Google to play nice, microsoft and apple raised their fists in the face of Google, so it's natural to fight back; microsoft needs a good Google slap in the face to bring back the sense to it's brain.
It's Google's software, and they can use it any way they want.
Have a nice day Doug.

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 20:47 3

62. MeoCao (unregistered)


+1 for both of you. I think these things will never stop until big G and monopolistic M can strike a deal.

M quit paying and lobbying to harm G, drop the ridiculous fees for accessing M services and then G will play nice with WP.

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 23:29 9

78. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


All you three are retards. Enjoying what's causing people inconvenience is a bad thing.

Let me ask you, can google ever block YT access to desktop windows? No. Because 90% of the videos they are getting, from there. You are just being crazy fanboys and living in your fish tank.

No app? Understandable. But actively blocking access to a platform is ridiculous. The videos are uploaded by users, and not produced by Google nor are owned by them. You can get all thumbs up from Android fanboys but remember, Google started as 'open', 'not evil'. you'll see Google going evil bit by bit and someday will start monopolizing and charging on Android.

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