Microsoft's updated Windows Phone YouTube app won't address all of Google's concerns

Microsoft's updated Windows Phone YouTube app won't address all of Google's concerns
Earlier this month, Windows Phone users were the recipient of a new YouTube app that instantly made moot all of those third party YouTube apps like MetroTube. But the new app did violate three Google regulations. One, it blocked ads from appearing on the videos, and two, it allowed users to download videos onto their devices. It also allowed Windows Phone users to view videos that were specifically not supposed to play over mobile devices. So as we predicted, Google forced Microsoft to take down the site.

But later on Wednesday, a new version of the YouTube app will be available for Windows Phone users with two-thirds of Google's concerns addressed. While Microsoft says that it has no objections to playing ads before running YouTube videos, the update still does not allow YouTube ads to run on Windows Phone devices. The two problems fixed by Wednesday's update will prevent videos from being downloaded onto a device, and will restrict videos that were not set up for mobile play, from being viewed.

Today happens to be the deadline given by Google to Microsoft to take down the app, but Microsoft's new update will replace it by the time Wednesday is over. Will Google complain and threaten to remove the new app once more? We are keeping our nose to the ground and will update you when anything new develops.

source: TheVerge via Phonescoop



1. papss unregistered

These two always butting heads, M$ stop playing games and Google make the damn app for WP8

9. Yodaa

Posts: 21; Member since: May 22, 2013

The fear of loss is a path to the Dark Side.

13. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013


14. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

"the update still does not allow YouTube ads to run on Windows Phone devices." -this says it all about a renewed battle between these two giants. However, i have to say that Microsoft is playing a very dangerous game. Google owns Youtube, literally. MS can't expect to be the exception to the universal rules set down by Google for Youtube users across all types of devices. Oh, and Google owes MS no Youtube app, if it doesn't want to. MS is just yanking Google's chain for some attention to boost its own WP platform. If i were Google, i would kick MS' ass down the curb for being a dirty player.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

+1 well said ®

20. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Perhaps it's time the government cracked down on the illegal pirated content being streamed from Youtube. Problem solved*

41. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Urban, when has government intervention EVER solved anything for the tech community. If anything they'll just put them through a long court battle and try to find a way to throw in a YouTube tax.

26. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I would kick Google's ass for being unfair to it's competitors. Youtube is a program that everyone should be allowed to use freely!

39. tokuzumi

Posts: 1946; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Google owns YouTube, and therefore, makes the rules. It is open for the most part. Google makes money on ad revenue. If someone does something to work around this, Google has a right to step in, and block this attempt. iOS doesn't seem to have this issue. Android doesn't have this issue. This represents almost all mobile users. Microsoft has smart developers. They can most certainly figure it out.

42. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

And you can ArtSim, If you follow the rules. They are simple rules protecting Googles profit and the users uploaded content. If MS doesn't like it they can go BING themselves.

15. taikucing unregistered

stop scroogling & bad campaigning google

27. jromy

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 26, 2013

The fact that you just used the term "scroogling" is proof of all the s**t MS has been saying about Google, and they still expect them to go out of their way to make an app for them! What a bunch of douchbags...

17. SuperNexus

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

you read my mind here, I was about to say same thing.... +1

2. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

I think Microsoft stated that Google won't provide them certain APIs that allow ads in the app, so if that's true, Google just needs to cooperate or make the app itself for WP. The two companies just need to suck up their pride and move on and fix this.

3. Damo579

Posts: 266; Member since: May 18, 2013

I agree with you totally.

10. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

so true

65. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

It's so childish.

4. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Why is Google complaining? 99 percent of Youtube's online content is illegal pirated material anyway... To explain this point further: if you download copyrighted material, via bit-torrent, then you're considered to be a thief. However, if your company name is Google and you allow people to upload the same material and then stream it from your site (whilst generating revenue from advertising), then it's called popular net culture.

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Using your logic the same thing could be said and about Microsoft.

35. sks1969

Posts: 108; Member since: Mar 04, 2012

both are trying to screw the customer, so let them screw us in fair way :(

43. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

And may ask where you got this statistic Urban? Please enlighten me

5. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Still haven't seen the update... Don't plan on updating when I do.

6. papss unregistered

They said it was going to be blocked regardless if you update or not

24. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

thought id see if that was actually the case, and as of right now, i can still download. dont see how they can block downloads if i still have access to the videos. not without an update i mean

8. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Google was/is nothing without Microsoft, so coo-operate with daddy! Greetzz.

11. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Explain ?

12. Hemlocke unregistered

Time for Larry to back up his words, already, don't you think? "Every story I read about Google is about us versus some other company, or something else, and I really don't find that interesting. We should be building things that don't exist," Of course, they may be focusing on their new 3D Maps, which completely suck and don't work on mobile. Where is the outrage and laughter that was directed at Apple Maps, when they debuted on mobile, and are clearly way ahead of Google's desktop browser-based 3D maps?

18. Jayzee

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 30, 2013

Google is it really hard to make an App for Windows Phone ? Just make the Damn app and then your fight with MS is over.

19. GalaxyXperiaOptimusDroid

Posts: 13; Member since: May 10, 2013

Google should sue them! Dont give wp instagram and youtube! Or WP would have a bigger chance of competition. They should choke wp with lack of google services.

21. Jayzee

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 30, 2013

Microsoft is giving their Services (Outlook and Skyrive) to Android and iOS and then Google will not make their services to WP ? That is somewhat unfair

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