YouTube updates mobile web site for browsers that support HTML-54
The Google owned site has updated the service for HTML-5 capable browsers like Safari and Android browsers. Even though both the iPhone and Android phones do have their own apps for the service, the mobile site is said to have a cleaner and better interface and give better performance. YouTube product manager Andrey Doronichev writes, "[The update] incorporates the features and functionality you've come to expect from the .com site, like search query suggestions, the options to create playlists, the ability to designate 'favorite,' 'like' or 'unlike' videos directly from your device," The mobile site gets 100 million requests for videos a day, the same number that the desktop site was sending out in 2006 before it was acquired by Google. He also notes that the client on the Apple iPhone is optimized for EDGE, not 3G like the mobile site is. This is why YouTube videos look great while playing on the iPhone's Wi-Fi radio, but not while using 3G. Android models above 2.0 have a High-Defintion option that makes most YouTube videos as clear as if watching on Wi-Fi.