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YouTube for Windows Phone gets updated to be a real app

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YouTube for Windows Phone gets updated to be a real app
One of the biggest complaints from Windows Phone users has been the extremely poor quality of the built-in YouTube app. There have been other options in the Windows Phone Store, but nothing that really offered everything that could have been from an app officially authorized by Google. Well, the stock YouTube app for WP got a huge update today that finally makes it a real app.

Microsoft had recently said that it was limited in what it could offer through the YouTube app because of restrictions by Google, but it looks like the two companies have come to some sort of an agreement. The YouTube app for Windows Phone is no longer just a link to YouTube's mobile website, with version 3.0 it is a real app that offers full access to videos, channels, and playlists. It allows you to pin any of those items to the Windows Phone Start screen; and maybe best of all, the app also supports signing in to your YouTube account, giving you access to your uploads, playlists, and video lists.

This is a major update, and an extremely welcome one for Windows Phone users. If you want to get the update, just head over to the Windows Phone Store.

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posted on 07 May 2013, 13:56 26

1. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Looks good too! This should make some WP users really happy.

posted on 07 May 2013, 14:07 18

6. akki20892 (Posts: 3251; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


not really happy, extremely happy

posted on 07 May 2013, 14:12 6

13. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Yay! Free beers for everyone! - Sponsored by akki20894 or 20893 or 20896 or 20892 or whatever. Cheers!

posted on 07 May 2013, 15:45 3

33. akki20892 (Posts: 3251; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


let's have blue-label........!!! lol u r cool dude

posted on 08 May 2013, 02:43 1

57. AeroPrime (Posts: 145; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


Yea tried it modern and authentic!

posted on 07 May 2013, 13:57 14

2. freebee269 (Posts: 516; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


Very informative article Michael, thank you.

posted on 07 May 2013, 14:01 23

3. kaliil10 (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Wp 8 the fastest growing platform in the world

posted on 07 May 2013, 14:04 6

5. ITEngineer (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


Thats a bold claim, sources?

posted on 07 May 2013, 20:32 3

53. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


You were joking right?

posted on 08 May 2013, 16:11 1

61. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2649; Member since: 26 May 2011)


He's right actually. iOS, BB, and Symbian are all losing global market share. Android can't grow that fast because it already has the majority of the market. WP has been the fastest growing platform in the world since WP8 launched.

posted on 07 May 2013, 14:07 12

8. dashax10 (Posts: 15; Member since: 06 May 2013)


i'm happy for windows phone users. enjoy

posted on 07 May 2013, 14:42 4

25. Credo (Posts: 683; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Thanks man!

posted on 07 May 2013, 14:09 4

11. akki20892 (Posts: 3251; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


now we can see huge apps and games are coming and getting huge update.......after we will see in next update Microsoft bringing lots of features on their WP OS......can't wait to switch to WP.........it's a unique platform........!!!

posted on 07 May 2013, 14:12 3

14. toondewachter (Posts: 52; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Unfortunately, despite all promises from micro$oft, not available for WP7.x... as usual. We're still on version 1.0.0.0. The WP7.x platform has already been forgotten. We labrats for M$ got screwed! Think twice before giving your money to such shameless people!

posted on 07 May 2013, 14:18 2

16. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Dude, what's with replacing 'S' by '$'?

posted on 07 May 2013, 14:24 2

17. toondewachter (Posts: 52; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


It's all about the money... that's the way microSoft is doing business... I was trying to make a point there, mate. They simply shouldn't have used lots of people as labrats selling "high-end" devices like the Lumia 900 if development for that platform was knowingly going to end three months later!
So as for me: they can go to hell!

posted on 07 May 2013, 14:26 2

18. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Hmm, you look stressed. Do you wanna come over for a beer?

posted on 07 May 2013, 14:29 2

20. toondewachter (Posts: 52; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


I do!

posted on 07 May 2013, 14:37 4

22. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Why did you get 2 red thumbs? Just because you agreed to come over for a beer? Hmm, alright then, grape juice?

posted on 07 May 2013, 17:00 2

37. papss (unregistered)


yeah no other business is about making money... hmmm I say stop crying and go with a different more spammy brand.

posted on 07 May 2013, 14:40 3

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


New Youtube, FourSquare and Facebook Beta all Coming to WP 7.X.

posted on 08 May 2013, 04:22

58. cameogt (Posts: 88; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


sources?

posted on 08 May 2013, 09:02

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


I can't post URLs :(

twitter [dot] com

joebelfiore/status/331820785771638784

posted on 07 May 2013, 14:43 2

26. Credo (Posts: 683; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Relax buddy, the app is also in the works for Windows Phone 7.x users.

posted on 07 May 2013, 14:36 8

21. Credo (Posts: 683; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


It is awesome, better than MetroTube....

The only thing i need is the option to enable or disable the live tile and the ability to change the backgroundcolor to black, overall i love the app, thank you so much Microsoft !!

Love my Lumia 920 Cyan.

Greetzz

posted on 07 May 2013, 14:49 3

27. downphoenix (Posts: 2267; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


their app has playlists and Google's official one on Android does not? the heck?

posted on 07 May 2013, 15:30 4

28. gd761 (Posts: 97; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


WHAT THE HECK ABOUT FOR WINDOWS PHONE 7 OR 7.5?!!!!

Currently, the Version for Windows Phone 7 or 7.5 is Version 1.0.0.0, < 1MB and there is NO OPTION TO UPGRADE!!!!

Instead of POSTING MISLEADING INFO ABOUT AN UPGRADE< POST THAT IT IS ONLY FOR WINDOWS PHONE 8 ONLY!!!

Why do We have to be left behind?!!!

posted on 07 May 2013, 15:39 1

31. Penny (Posts: 1096; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


WP 7.5 has been left behind on so many useful apps, it's not even funny. Despite all these great apps coming out for WP8 left and right, I don't even bother to check the store on my 7.5 phone anymore. I'm resigned to just not caring until I can upgrade to a WP8 phone.

posted on 07 May 2013, 15:52 1

35. 9koni (Posts: 3; Member since: 24 Apr 2013)


dont worry it is comming mate just have a little patience, check wpcentral..

posted on 07 May 2013, 15:39 2

30. kaliil10 (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)


don't worry you will get also. its confirmed news by joe

posted on 07 May 2013, 15:43 2

32. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Hey Michael H. You may want to add mention of two very cool features of this new version: it has the ability to both run under lock screen, and download videos.

posted on 07 May 2013, 15:46 3

34. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


This app is amazing. Best YouTube app I've ever used. Better than IOS and android versions. As neat and clean as it looks its also super fast. When I tap a search result the video starts playing immediately when the video page opens up. Like instantly. I'm sure if I weren't on LTE it might take a little longer, but this is fast. Great features, only missing and HD option like lazytube has, but it has HQ, and it looks great.

posted on 07 May 2013, 16:38

36. TheStanleyFTW (Posts: 19; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


Actually you can watch HD videos. Go to settings --> Video streaming quality set to High quality and BOOM HD! :D
Compared it with the HD option in Metrotube and the quality level was the same. :)
Sorry for my bad english. Haven't wrote in english for a while :)

posted on 07 May 2013, 17:17 1

38. papss (unregistered)


I've never been a youtube guy and have only used youtube on any platform maybe 10 times but I'm happy they have another viable option, I've always heard that Metrotube was a good one though?

posted on 07 May 2013, 17:21 1

39. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Awesome. One more key app to make the switch to Nokia a smooth one.

posted on 07 May 2013, 18:26 1

42. ahhxd717 (Posts: 317; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)


Damn, I just tested out the new app and I think its even better than the Android one, which is a shame (for Android). You can even download videos and play videos on the lock screen, as someone else mentioned. Not to mention it looks better than the android one but that's just my opinion.

posted on 07 May 2013, 19:00

48. windroid (unregistered)


That's the Google I used to know and love. Thank you and well done!

posted on 07 May 2013, 19:18 1

51. buraini (Posts: 10; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Nice Metro UI with built-in video downloader...just what WP users want. :)

posted on 08 May 2013, 00:11 1

55. gaurang (Posts: 94; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)


no thanks METROTUBE is better

posted on 08 May 2013, 00:25 1

56. shreyas.s666 (Posts: 80; Member since: 24 Aug 2012)


NO..metro tube all the way,.it is even beter than youtube app for android ang ios

posted on 08 May 2013, 07:24

59. Mirosti (Posts: 9; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Who needs that when you can have Metrotube, which is a lot better than the youtube app in android! So i think i'm gonna keep using Metrotube instead of the real Youtube app.

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