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YouTube playback improved after Windows Phone 8.1 update adds new features to the browser

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YouTube playback improved after Windows Phone 8.1 update adds new features to the browser
Since Google and Microsoft can't come to an agreement on an official YouTube app for Windows Phone, those rockin' the platform have to make do with a third party YouTube app, or use the browser to access the HTML5 powered YouTube mobile web site. The good news for YouTube fans rockin' Windows Phone, is that Microsoft apparently put some time and elbow grease into improving HTML5 on IE 11, which improves the quality of YouTube videos seen in the browser. The new browser comes to Windows Phone devices with the upcoming OS update.

With the update, videos played in the browser can be viewed without expanding them to full-size. This allows users to read something on a website while an embedded video plays at the same time. If you're watching a video and then decide to take on another task, don't fret. Any video you watch using the IE 11 video player will be paused, and will resume play from the exact same spot when you're ready to go back to view it. And yes, the browser will have a scrubbing feature that will allow users to slide a bar to move the video ahead in time.

The improved video player will also allow you to lock the screen, and still have the audio play (the streaming will pause once you minimize the app). In fact, even with the screen locked, you will be able to access video and audio controls. 

Those Windows Phone users who want more than what the YouTube mobile site can offer, will still have to download a third party app. There are some good ones to choose from in the Windows Phone Store. Those satisfied with the mobile YouTube site can take advantage of the improved HTML5 and video playback capabilities of IE 11.

source: WPCentral

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posted on 05 Apr 2014, 15:07 8

1. TheWolfpacker (Posts: 43; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


Watch Google manage to screw us over again by somehow blocking it...

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 15:50 1

4. lyndon420 (Posts: 1735; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Oh boy...I sure hope so :-)

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 14:50

12. sgodsell (Posts: 1222; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Microsoft has the least compliant html5 browser on the market. That includes the latest version (IE 11).
Html5test.com is just one of many sites that will show you how compliant a browser really is.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 15:30

16. elitewolverine (Posts: 1569; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


yes and until kitkat it was android who had the least. How many run kitkat? less than 10% so right now 90% of windows phones which are win8, are better off stock wise than stock android 4.3 and below.

Check it out for yourself.

Also the web graphics blows on android 4.4 0 points vs 20 for windows webgl,

Not to mention the ranking system is not a straight 1 for 1 meaning that one part is weighted heavier than another. 376 vs 428 on a weighted system, is not something I would care about.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 15:41

17. elitewolverine (Posts: 1569; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Not to mention this site proves doom and gloom for the least compatible to be not as big as you thinkhttp://mobilehtml5.org/

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 16:41 4

6. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4010; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Maybe Google would be more kind if Microsoft hadn't have launched that Scroogled campaign. Whoever came up with that idea was not a smart man, considering Google services are the biggest things on the internet.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 18:53

8. lyndon420 (Posts: 1735; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


The campaign most likely plays a big part in it, and I'm thinking ms's 'Android License Fees' also plays a very significant role in this. Ms & apple are definitely in bed together, although the dominant & submissive roles haven't been totally determined yet.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 18:56

9. lyndon420 (Posts: 1735; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Is YouTube really important to you?

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 15:24 9

2. Mozarrt (Posts: 295; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


I downloaded Toib, and it's a really good youtube app. With Windows Phone I've come to admire 3rd party apps, and many of them are much better than the original app anyway.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 15:45 7

3. papss (unregistered)


I use metrotube and it's wonderful.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 20:48 5

10. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3540; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


MetroTube... When Google doesn't intentionally screw with the API so that it won't work.. But, that's been my favorite.. I'm also giving toib a try.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 16:16 3

5. akki20892 (Posts: 3438; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Yep those apps are unique.

posted on 05 Apr 2014, 16:42 4

7. akki20892 (Posts: 3438; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Top - metrotube, prime tube, my tube, YouTube HD, and tube pro.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 09:27 2

11. fireblade (Posts: 694; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


I use pr0n tube

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 18:03

13. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1841; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Hahaha.. This

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 22:33

14. alpinejason (Posts: 262; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


SOUNDS GOOD CAN'T WAIT.NOW HURRY UP AND ROLL OUT THAT UPDATE TO LUMIA 520

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 12:08

15. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 851; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


Ads will still create the same problems they do now...

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