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Is Google now blocking mobile YouTube from Windows Phone?

0. phoneArena 12 Jan 2013, 13:05 posted on

Last week, we showed you how Google was redirecting maps.google.com to the main Google mobile search page and after a few excuses by the guys at Mountain View, Google Maps was once again functional for Windows Phone 8; now the problem seems to be with YouTube as attemptsd to load a video from the mobile YouTube web site are met with a request to load a non-existent app...

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posted on 12 Jan 2013, 20:23 3

59. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

i love how you idiots cheer for google, but if this was the other way round you would whine unfair and effects users in the end

please you one sided muppet get some perspective, this shows google is as dirty as both the ''evil'' microsoft and apple. you android fans will have to drop that google good guy line now.

this is pathetic, if google cares about people like you all seem to think how is this helping? id like an answer and no its there choice or its a response blah blah blah

so do you think microsoft should hold its software etc to its own os then? no xbox etc for android?

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 10:54 1

115. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4189; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

So I'm one of the blind fanboys again? What I was stating was a fact. You mention how if this were someone else doing this were be up in arms, but the thing is they already are. After looking at MS's xbox apps for android you find... that they really have no functionality. You can follow your scores or use your phone as a remote, just as long as it's not for gameplay. Which is interesting because one of the comments I read for the app states that that works on ios.

Did I ever say google can do no wrong? No, I only stated YouTube is their software/service/IP, and have the right to do with it what they want. The same goes for Apple, Microsoft, RIM, etc. Would it be great if they all shared? Yes, but that's the point of competition, to have something your competitor doesn't. The fact is, as I stated before in an earlier post, that none of these companies give a **** about the consumer, they care about profits. That the only reason that you try to put your IP on completing platforms, to get more users of your service. Why would a company allow a competitor's IP on their device? Because there are a lot of potential customers who use said IP and if they have that on their product that could help increase sales. But make no mistake, ALL of these companies are doing this for profit, not for the betterment of mankind. If you believe that you need to give reality a hug.

There are a number of possible reasons why this is happening. Google could be blocking it on purpose, out of spite, out of revenge, or they're just a bunch of d**ks. It could be an update on certain Windows phones, since some here in the comments aren't having this issue. It could be an update to the software on the site, as often times an update can break functionality. Or it could be Microsoft itself, with them running campaigns like Scroogled they obviously want Google shown in a negative light, and I'm sure they've done worse. The point is NO ONE HERE KNOWS. So name calling each other accomplishes nothing since neither side has any concrete evidence. In my earlier posts I was not saying Google should be blocking users if that is what they're doing, I was merely saying that YouTube is their property.

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 21:26 1

67. Whateverman (Posts: 3262; Member since: 17 May 2009)

IDK, something smells a little fishy about this whole story. Google makes money by getting ads in front of people. I've seen a considerable increase in ads on youtube as of late. So, why wouldn't Google want to get those ads in front of Windows users as well?

AND...this is like the third story where "Evil Google vs Innocent wittle Microsoft" story we've seen in the last few weeks. Google's image took a real beating with the "blocking" of Google Maps, so they turn around and attract the same kind of bad PR by doing the same thing with Youtube? It just doesn't sound like we're getting the entire story here.

AND... there are people here in this very comment section declaring "My WP can access youtube with no problem." And if you can't... switch to the mobile version since the desktop version is having the issue. What is the big deal?

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 04:32 1

104. jroc74 (Posts: 6005; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

E X A C T L Y!! From the article:

"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."

Dont all phone browsers default to using mobile mode?


So whats the problem? We all know about no apps for WP. This article headline combined with this phrase from the article ......it all smells alot fishy. And it seems many ppl really dont read anymore. They just read the titles of articles, and jump straight to the comment section.

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 21:34 2

70. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

How many people in this thread complaining about Google blocking YouTube on their Windows 8 phones? None, but you are in here talking as if it's actually happening to your Windows powered phone, not everything you hear is new if it's happening then it's not a great thing but don't act like Microsoft is the innocent in this OS war.
I can care less about what is what, but I don't see how Google can block Windows 7and 8 devices from going to Youtube sites but not a single person on here can testify to not being able to do it. Sounds like someone is on a smear campaign, yelling fire where there is none.
PA where did you guys get this story from and did you test out one of your many WP8 devices to see if this was actually substantiated? Funny this story comes from a WP centralized site...go figure. What kind of crazy news reporting is this? You guys didn't even attempts to figure it's validity or not, even when you have access to a plethora of devices that were supposed to be affected?

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 00:34 1

87. dmakun (Posts: 320; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)

@ Alan. F, pls stop this smear campaign you have against Google & I check your for facts before leading us (readers) on this silly OS war! You did the last article about Google blocking maps on wp & even phonearena's Michael. H suggested that story was unverified.

You apparently have some kind of agenda.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 02:00

93. hanapupu (Posts: 16; Member since: 03 Dec 2012)

I want to see if Google "smart" enought to block youtube on WIndows PC. that would be good for google :D

windows dont need youtube, we, the customer need it.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 02:32

99. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 805; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

You Tube has been redesigned by google for faster access & better performance. But IE/windows does not run on the WebKit engine that the youtube site is optimized for. So, there's a problem here. Soon google will release a IE/windows compatible youtube app... Dont worry guys..!!!!

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 04:38 3

105. jroc74 (Posts: 6005; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Title of article:
Is Google now blocking mobile Youtube from Windows Phone?

Phrase from article:

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.

Answer to article title: No.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 10:02 3

111. Whateverman (Posts: 3262; Member since: 17 May 2009)

LOL!!! Comment of the day! It really is that simple, but like many above me said...the smear campaign rages on and the anti-Android crowd are gathering with their torches and pitchforks.

And for the iOS fans here calling foul... Hey, where's the Windows Phone or Android version of FaceTime, Passbook, and Siri?

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 15:22 1

123. jroc74 (Posts: 6005; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Honestly....even with Google Maps....learning the details about that....it wasnt as bad as the article tried to make it. This is even less of an issue.

Main underlying story here is Google isnt doing any apps for WP....yet. All I can say to those crying foul is be patient.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 12:04 1

116. blingblingthing (Posts: 529; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)

Lol. It really was that simple.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 06:14 1

106. vangeodee (Posts: 10; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)

MS Windows is a closed ecosystem. Remember that Google is pro-Open Source and anti-proprietary bulls**t. And with all the crap MS has been throwing at Google, they deserve this.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 09:39 1

110. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

Losing vast amounts of repect towards the credibility of this site an its authors.
This is a smear campaign.

Better back this up with credible proof or retract it I would say.

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 13:18

135. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

The hypocrisy of Google. They love to support Apple products, but WP or Blackberry? No way! They dont have any WP or BB apps available, and I know that with the Playbook, some sites like Google Play Music flat out dont work on it ,even though its just a HTML5/Flash driven site and doesnt use any proprietary APIs, so it SHOULD work just fine on the Playbook. Its just that Google uses their trickery to block stuff on WP and Blackberry. You'd figure that since Apple is their competitor first and foremost, THEY'D be the ones they'd block out.

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 13:31

136. sekshun9 (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

Google is doing evil
Fact of the matter wp8's IE is the same that runs on a desktop. Webkit argument is null because FF doesn't use it. In tests it has been proven that by changing the identifier agent string from windows mobile or windows phone to a misspelled, to leaving it blank or anything but what the browser sends it will work. That simple. Just yesterday full desktop mode was working fine on YouTube. Now its asking for flash. What happened to html5 implementation..

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 13:33

137. sekshun9 (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

Vangeodee, iOs is a closed system and it works for them, hows your argument now

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 13:41

138. sekshun9 (Posts: 3; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)

I get it, we're all fan boys. We can sit and argue about which fast food chain is the best all day long, citing pros and cons until we're blind and or deaf. Fact is this: Google has made back end changes to affect a percentage users only. No real reason when everything was working fine before. This is not a smear campaign at the slightest. Smear campaigns are not based on fact but on subjective details and nonsense. Again by simply changing the user agent info either through manual manipulation through windows phone emulator on a desktop or using a browser on windows phone that lets you change the user agent information (as I have) you will see your proof. This isn't Google defamation, this isn't this site being windows phone apologists, or fanboy antics..this is truth. Google has gone evil

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