Here is why YouTube isn't a default app on iOS

Here is why YouTube isn't a default app on iOS
Remember when YouTube and Google Maps were installed on iOS by default? This has been the case since the first iPhone, all the way to 2012, when suddenly iOS no longer included pre-installed Google services.

At the time, no one really knew why Google apps were suddenly scrapped from the default software, but a lot of consumers speculated that it was Apple trying to give its own alternatives, such as the then-new Apple Maps, more exposure. Turns out, there was a completely different reason.

Google requested that its apps are no longer part of the default version of iOS. For some reason, five years after Google gave Apple a privileged access to YouTube so the latter can build a default YouTube app for the original iPhone, Big G wanted to “take back control of [its] app.”

This revelation comes from Hunter Walk, a venture capitalist at Homebrew, who is also a former long-time YouTube employee. He posted the information on Twitter via a series of tweets. For the sake of having an easier time reading them, we've compiled them below.



If you want to check out the original tweets, you can do so via the link to BusinessInsider at the bottom of this piece.

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37 Comments

1. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1337; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

This love hate relationship between Apple , Google and Samsung only benefits mobile users as it forces these companies to continually innovate on the software side of things. YouTube had nothing to worry about from Apple as they were light years ahead and Apple would not spend the resources and time to try and mount a challenger app

3. Bankz

Posts: 2460; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

True. Yet google keeps giving ios its most juicy features, sometimes even first. That being said, Competition is good for the industry.

11. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea because the Android customers are already with Google seeing as how Apple's services are either not on other platforms or not competitive.

2. Tziggy14

Posts: 618; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Because Apple wanted to restrict how Google operated their apps on the iPhone as a default app. Google wasn't having it and decided to remove it on their own terms Considering that YouTube now has 1.5 billion users since then, I say Google made the right choice.

5. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Very brilliant comment!!!!!

15. tedkord

Posts: 17050; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Well, now it looks brilliant by comparison.

4. Bankz

Posts: 2460; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Whatever, just download it anyway. How hard can it be.

6. apple-rulz

Posts: 1843; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Actually without Google, Samsung would be nothing. Samsung relies on Google for their very existence, ever notice the "powered by android" statement when powering up your (fill in the name of your device). Rest assured, it'll be Google powering the Note 8, not Tizen.

7. AxelFoley

Posts: 536; Member since: May 30, 2017

I may be wrong, but I believe Samsung existed 1 or 2 or 4 decades before Google and made billions. Since Samsung uses Google for their OS in a way that many PC makers use Windows, I suppose that means that Apple relies on Samsung for its existence since they rely on Samsung flash memory, displays, and processors. You really are hanging on to this thing about Samsung using an OS that has 84% world-wide market share that crashes 3 times less than iOS.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30696; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You grilled his trolling ass, with that. This article wasn't even about Samsung, yet his bitching ass pulled them in anyway. Kudos on the shutdown of the sites new worst troll. +1,000,000

9. apple-rulz

Posts: 1843; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Yes yes, I was shut down. And grilled. Now go enjoy your "billy bad ass" S8 powered by Tizen. LMFAO!!!!

16. tedkord

Posts: 17050; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Keep making yourself look more stupid. It's working well.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30696; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Very well.

24. apple-rulz

Posts: 1843; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Cute, here comes teddy!

34. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

re: 9. apple-rulz (Posts: 146; Member since: 27 Dec 2016) Yes yes, I was shut down. And grilled. Now go enjoy your "billy bad ass" S8 powered by Tizen. LMFAO!!!! ============================= ur such an iphonie LOL

14. Bankz

Posts: 2460; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Idiot. He was talking about the smartphone industry. Of which we know that they were already collapsing, like htc (or worse) till google came along. Infact, you might like go back to 2006 to see what samsungs designs and software were like before Apple and google came along. Samsung are very the definition of a Feeder company. But of course u know nothing, so we aren't surprised.

22. AxelFoley

Posts: 536; Member since: May 30, 2017

Since the majority shareholders of Samsung Electronics are the President of Samsung GROUP, and other Samsung Divisions, when you are trying to talk money and "collapse", it's a little bit of wishful thinking to try to separate it from the head of the conglomerate. I know you'd like to compare the WHOOOOLE Apple Inc with a division of Samsung Group, but it's a little hard considering the President of Samsung Group, other members of his family, and other Samsung Divisions are the majority shareholders. If you wanna talk money, then talk all of it, or shut up. http://www.samsung.com/global/ir/stock-info/ownership-structure/

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 30696; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

See post 8, then after you respond...see post 8. In fact keep seeing post 8, so I don't have to keep kicking a dead horse. Note 8 cometh.

10. apple-rulz

Posts: 1843; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

The point that you're too stupid to get is that while it would be difficult and costly for Apple to at first find new suppliers, it is doable. However if Google pulled the use of the android OS from Samsung, it would be a devastating blow to Samsung, not only would Samsung suffer LOOOOONG delays until they got Tizen or another OS up and going as a viable OS, but the development costs would be in the billions. Then figure in the added delays and costs of luring in app developers for the new OS, and, well, it's obvious to anyone with a semi-functioning brain that losing Google would severely damage Samsung.

17. tedkord

Posts: 17050; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Samsung could pull their entire mobile division and still be one of the largest companies in the world. That's the point you're too stupid to get.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30696; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said ted.

21. tedkord

Posts: 17050; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Of course, why would they? They sell a ton, and their flagship phones are rated the best available.

35. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

re: 10. apple-rulz (Posts: 146; Member since: 27 Dec 2016) The point that you're too stupid to get is that while it would be difficult and costly for Apple to at first find new suppliers, it is doable. However if Google pulled the use of the android OS from Samsung, it would be a devastating blow to Samsung, not only would Samsung suffer LOOOOONG delays until they got Tizen or another OS up and going as a viable OS, but the development costs would be in the billions. Then figure in the added delays and costs of luring in app developers for the new OS, and, well, it's obvious to anyone with a semi-functioning brain that losing Google would severely damage Samsung. ============================= samsung is more self sufficient than apple will ever be, wtf are u talking about? and yes, apple will always be scrambling back to samsung for parts/manufacturing LOL

12. lyndon420

Posts: 6386; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

You need to educate yourself bud. Maybe do a little bit of history research...you obviously know diddly squat about Samsung.

13. apple-rulz

Posts: 1843; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Please prove what I wrote wrong, a few links would be nice.

20. AxelFoley

Posts: 536; Member since: May 30, 2017

Since there is no chance of Google pulling services from their largest OEM (and world's largest smartphone maker), your hypothetical, imaginary, dreamed-up, fictitious, illusionary, fantasy is irrelevant. And, since Samsung and Google work together on Android development, your theory is even dumber (link provided). Samsung is a conglomerate in which the parent company of Samsung Electonics is Samsung Everland (a fricking amusement park). Meaning, Samsung could lose billions and they would never go out of business as that would be bad for the group's perception. When the president from Samsung Group wants to hand out $41 billion in bribes, do you think that's coming from just the electronics division? You idiots who keep trying to seperate the divisions from the group need to realize that a Korean Six Flags that may pull in a few million a year is their parent. Now, where do you think they're going. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung http://www.businessinsider.com/samsung-chromebook-pro-plus-google-android-specs-features-photos-2017-1 http://www.theandroidsoul.com/samsung-google-ai/

23. apple-rulz

Posts: 1843; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Retard everyone knows Samsung Electronics is just a subsidiary, you proved nothing. My point still stands that if, IF Google decided to sever themself from Samsung, it would be a devastating blow to Samsung. You can try to inflate Samsung into being whatever type of idol you feel good about worshipping, but keep in mind this is the same company that instead of absorbing the total loss of the Note 7 disaster, is trying desperately to recoup some monies by reintroducing the phone.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 30696; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He's having your stupid ass for Lunch today.

31. apple-rulz

Posts: 1843; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Coming from the pathetic vettemanvettious, your comments lack sting. I actually feel a bit sorry for you.

33. AxelFoley

Posts: 536; Member since: May 30, 2017

Idiot. My point is that your point is pointless. You say "if" as if there is a 1% chance that it would happen. If a meteor hit Cupertino, CA then Apple would be severely impacted. See, anyone can play that game. The only difference is that my meteor scenario has a higher likelihood of happening than yours. And my point is also that Samsung has a lot more resources and diversification to continue in mobile regardless of the OS. If not, then the HTC U, Sony XL, Pixel, or G6 would gladly fill the void.

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