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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 13 Jan 2013, 01:18 2

90. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4638; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Where in the hell did I reference playgrounds or bullies? As far as discrimination, that goes on everywhere. There are many apps that are only available on certain platforms even though they could be made available.

The point is, it is Google's service to do with as it pleases, no matter what you or I say. I'm not saying that they shouldn't make it available, but it's their decision in the end. Also, didn't the article say that it only affects WP7 and older, and WP8 users who are in desktop mode? Is it maybe possible that the update they pushed isn't compatible with those software configurations? Updates can break functionality as does so quite a bit, just look at the comment sections in forums after updates get pushed.

But either way, we can debate all day long on if it's right or wrong. My thought is while it would be nice if they had all platforms running smoothly, it's not something they HAVE to do. Does it suck for he people who can't access it? Yes. But show me where it says they're entitled to it on any platform.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 02:02 3

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


Dude, I agree that Google has right to charge for what they own. But what the heck is this discrimination for? I mean they provide everything to Apple users. Maybe BB as well. Youtube app is even available for Symbian too. Then why only WP is suffering this loss? I dare they try to block YT on desktop windows. Users shouldn't get crushed between what war the giants are playing.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 02:06 1

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


The difference is that, iTunes is a propriety software. Google has already covered that with not deciding to develop SW for MS, okay? Blocking a website for a platform... hmm now throw an example of this. This is so BS that no company would dive so deep in BS sea like google is doing now.

You don't own those videos, google. You're just hosting them and many vid owners are using WP phones. Have some respect for your users.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 02:12 1

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


Get your terms right. You're talking as if Google has produced all vids on YT. Dude, Google has nothing to do for making it work on WP. They just need not to block it. Everything was going fine until google realized something and started actively blocking their services for WP users.

Repeating again, stop being a fanboy and open your eyes. Android is cool, versatile. I also use it but that doesn't mean to worship it. WP is also super cool and buttery smooth. I am just waiting for it to get some basics covered. Then I'm jumping on WP.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 02:16

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


The main debate is related to website access, don't you think? If we were talking regarding Google not developing official YT app for WP, then your suggestion can be considered.

See? iTunes/XBOX is outta question here. That evil has already covered by Google by not making any app for WP. As I say, google is no more sane. It's turning into a monster like Apple and MS.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 04:21 3

102. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


"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."

That doesnt look like its blocked at all to me. This is a non story. That prhase came from this article...

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 04:24

103. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


If you wana use iTunes, or Garageband....what do you have to do? If you wanna use Siri...what do you have to do?

Not saying it should be blocked for WP users....but lets not act like Google is the only one doing this. I applaud MS for making Office available for Android and iOS. Bad move IMO since that would be a plus to get a WP.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 07:05 1

109. carlosechev07 (Posts: 39; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


Why google must develope a Youtube app for WP, a platform that have just less than 4% of market share, when Android was on 20%, tons of apps were not developed for an android, take a lot of time to see companies porting apps to Android, and Google never did a mess or insinuate that apple was blocking Android.

This very clear that MS is doing a dirty war triying to make google as an "evil company", when everivary knows that MS is the father of all evil companies and master in license fees extortion.

The only way to see more apps in WP is making it more atractive to developers, and getting better market share

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 10:31

112. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


You serious? It's a kid's attitude to do such thing. It's apple's play card, not google. We all know MS charges google for other services, but have you seen skype being sold on the playstore? No. Google should not keep whining about this. I can understand the no app support move, but blocking the freaking website? Can't accept that. I can accept it that Google won't develop any of its apps for WP, but SERIOUSLY? BLOCK A WEBSITE?! are you serious man?

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 10:38

113. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


let's see your point when bb10 gets launched and a youtube app appears. If they really stick to their move that they would not support WP because of lack of users.

also, it's not all about the apps we're talking about here. It's the access of WP users to a website that everyone should have the freedom to access it.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 12:38

117. ichiranjeeb (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


so U guys think a website is a software... Amazing.

U don't know the difference between a SERVICE & a Software ..!!!

Let me clarify once again.

Youtube is a Video Hosting Service (If u don't know search wikipedia). All the videos are there because of people. It's not like HULU, NETFIX & Xbox Video becz unlike Youtube these companies own the content.

I put some videos on youtube & I want to watch them via any compatible browser. what's wrong in it. !!!

and FOY I m not crying for an Youtube app. I hv metrotube for that. but the thing is it's not a right thing to do.

I own both WP (Lumia 800) & Android (SII-Cyanogen)but that doesn't mean I m a fanboy. google should not getaway with these kind of evil practices.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 12:41

119. ichiranjeeb (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


Microsoft offers SmartGlass for Android. and we all know abt apple.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 12:47

120. ichiranjeeb (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


Dude, All the videos of Youtube are not Google's IP, People own that content. so they should hv the privilege to access those videos anytime, anywhere & through any device they want.

Microsoft & Apple own the content of Xbox Music & itunes. but google doesn't own the videos of Youtube.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 12:57

121. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


no they don't you d**kwad, the artists do, same like google and youtube.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 15:05

122. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I totally agree.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 16:20

125. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 380; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Your browser wasn't compatible obviously lol and like vzwuser said Google owns it and can do exactly whatever it feels necessary with said service or software just like when I but my galaxy s3 its up to me not to let att control if I root my phone or not . If its yours you control it.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 21:20

128. MeoCao (unregistered)


Google has terms of use for YT, did G breach them?

Does Apple own the content on iTunes? No they don't either and you don't complain about iTunes, all MS and WP fanboys want is making GG look bad.

I support GG using its power to force MS play fair with Android.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 21:24

129. MeoCao (unregistered)


We don't enjoy others suffering, we demand MS treat Android the same way as GG treats WP

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 21:28

130. MeoCao (unregistered)


Do you think Android developers can access iTunes or Xbox?

GG is the most open tech company. contrary to walled gardens of Apple and MS

posted on 14 Jan 2013, 05:59

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


ofcourse you support this, you a massive fanboy

google's whole caring for the customer lie is shown now,its all about business and money not about us

all id say is this article really shows the worst android fans and google worshippers ever, they are so blind. just like the apple users before them except im sure they believe there bs they say

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 13:23 6

4. nwright94 (unregistered)


M.youtube.com works pretty well, I still even use it on my iPhone when the app is being inconsistent. Add the shortcut to your start screen and you're set.

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 13:41 13

7. bbblader (Posts: 590; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


you must be a genius

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 14:34 2

19. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


LOL xD All joking aside, why mock him for stating the obvious? Is it because he payed the a-word for a certain phone?

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 15:51 2

30. bbblader (Posts: 590; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


it wasnt about the iPhone... kind of
I mean the article says that m.youtube.com doesnt work for wp and he says that it works for him pretty well...On his iPhone with iOS not WP ;)

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 16:35 2

32. nwright94 (unregistered)


It's working on my dads limits 920 right now

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 16:36 2

33. nwright94 (unregistered)


Lumia** autocorrect

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 16:37 1

34. nwright94 (unregistered)


Just like I said the other day, you guys have no regards for others opinions, you insult those who don't use android.

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 16:54 1

36. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 380; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Who attacked him ? Paint me this picture your looking at.

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 19:28 1

52. nwright94 (unregistered)


I'm talking about because I mentioned I owned an iPhone in my original comment and they're already jumping down my throat insulting my intelligence because of the phone I personally choose to use.

posted on 13 Jan 2013, 00:22

86. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


Good point. My bad I just get angry when someone gets a heap of dislikes for buying the iPhone.

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