Google updates YouTube for iOS; app more closely resembles Android version

Google updates YouTube for iOS; app more closely resembles Android version
Even though YouTube is owned by Google, the first YouTube client for a smartphone was found on the OG Apple iPhone. If you have a good memory, you might recall the commercial Apple ran to promote the YouTube client on the phone. Remember the bulldog on the skateboard? "You'll be surprised by some of the stuff you find on YouTube," said the voice over announcer. "But when it comes right down to it, maybe the biggest surprise is finding YouTube on your phone."

YouTube was no longer a stock iOS app with iOS 6 Beta 4, and those who wanted to continue to view YouTube were forced to download the app from the Apple App Store. No big deal really. In fact, the move helped Google's finances tremendously. Today, the YouTube app for iOS received an update that adds a "material design" look, similar to Google's recent Google Maps offering for the Apple faithful.

The update splits the app into three sections. Subscriptions is a list of  new YouTube videos from accounts that you subscribe to. Home suggests videos for you to see, and lists videos that you recently viewed, and Account shows your viewing history, the watch later feature, and shows off your playlists. There are also some new gesture controls introduced, for navigating between sections and menus. The update also includes new in-app editing tools for those who upload their videos to the site.

YouTube for iOS is a free download from the Apple App Store. Weighing in at 40.7MB, it's more than worth its weight in entertainment!



source: AppleInsider

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20 Comments

1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Ever since I switched to Android, the official YouTube app has seemed like a watered down joke compared to the iOS version. Can't + reference other participants in conversations, can't like/downvote comments, can't see how many agree/disagree with a commenter's point of view, the three arrangement of the comments section is so limited and you wouldn't be able to identify who a commenter is responding to. All of that has been doable in the iOS app for a while now...what google is looking to achieve by make their own platform app bastardized, only their adverts know.

16. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Agreed, and there is no better YT client on Android than official one and on iOS there is ProTube and there was McTube in the past, both apps put shame on official clients

20. Raghavkumar

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

BTW do you know the ios version lacked a bloody back button! Seriously it sucked big time! Android was way better. And yup nothing beats the desktop version.

21. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I have an iPod and I totally agree. I mean its the official app and Android is Google's poster child, why not give it something better or atleast on par both visually and functionally to the iOS counterpart?

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Old utube best utube

3. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2359; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Meh!! P0rnTube FTW!!

4. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

I know iOS fans will be one-starring this update in revenge to Android users doing the same to Apple's app. lol

5. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Dumbass!

9. AlikMalix unregistered

Why would iOS users do that? That would be dumb.

6. Evan_C

Posts: 153; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

don't like it...

8. AlikMalix unregistered

Where are the trolls that blabbed hundreds of posts how Apple is such an ass for not applying material design for their switching app? Google just pulled the same crap - what now?

11. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Do not summon the trolls please.

10. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Not sure if this update fixes the one thing I hate about the iOS app and that is the inability to change the video quality so you are not wasting too much data. I like watching videos while commuting to work everyday and iOS would always play the videos in high quality. Data is expensive where I'm from.

14. Appyfuzz410 unregistered

Ermm...if you just go into the settings and click on "Only play HD videos on Wifi", your problem won't be a problem. ... You can also change the video quality by clicking on the settings icon on the top right corner of the video to change the quality. It's been there since like, the beginning?

17. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Yeh done all of that before. Always get the message "manual quality selection over cellular networks is not supported". The only time I can change the video quality to a lower ppi is when I'm on Wifi.

18. Appyfuzz410 unregistered

Strange :/ I never seemed to have that problem...

12. pradhanmn

Posts: 71; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

Guys,try youplayer.it has both multitasking and PIP Support

15. Michael.Parker

Posts: 273; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Poor iSheep have to get the same crappy mess that is the latest update. On my Android I just haven't updated to the latest layout because even ignoring the bugs causing A/V sync issues and crashes but the biggest problem is the old left sliding menu is infinitely better at navigating the menus and Google just seemed to change it for the sake of changing.

19. Appyfuzz410 unregistered

Congratulations.

22. AlikMalix unregistered

I think you just contradicted yourself all in one post...

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