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

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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11 Comments

1. TheWolfpacker

Posts: 44; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

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

6. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

2. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

3. papss unregistered

I use metrotube and it's wonderful.

10. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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.

5. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Yep those apps are unique.

7. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

11. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

I use pr0n tube

13. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Hahaha.. This

14. alpinejason

Posts: 262; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

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

15. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

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

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