YouTube's new API forces third party Windows Phone apps to update

YouTube's new API forces third party Windows Phone apps to update
YouTube has changed its supported API to version 3 from version 2. This has forced certain Windows Phone powered YouTube apps like MetroTube to push out an update to support the new API, or face the prospect of not working. MetroTube's latest update to version does allow the app to connect to the new API, which means that subscribers will be able to use the app.

In addition to MetroTube, another YouTube app for the Windows Phone platform called myTube is also going through an update (to version so that it can use the new YouTube API. With the update, myTube now allows users to read comment reply threads, annotations and subtitles.

There is no official Google provided YouTube app on Windows Phone. The last time a YouTube client was offered for the platform, Google forced it to be shut down because Microsoft blocked the ads that play before some of the videos. Google also is negatively affecting Windows Phone third party YouTube apps with the new YouTube API. The latter no longer allows users to see on a search result, the number of views a video has. Also no longer available are related videos, recommendations and subscriptions.

Third party YouTube sites that haven't updated to support the new API will show users a video like the one embedded below.

source: MetroTube (WindowsPhone), myTube (WindowsPhone) via WMPoweruser



1. Penny

Posts: 1859; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Damn Google. Let me enjoy YouTube on my WP, won't you?

2. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

I don't get how anyone can support this nonsense. you dont have to be a fan of WP, but why deprive people of services? honestly when I leave WP, depending on how well 10 does, I'll be headed to Apple. everyone wants to blame WP for not have any apps, but you should really be blaming all of these selfish and brainwashed developers.

10. JDeus01

Posts: 48; Member since: May 07, 2013

especially whem microsoft offers apps for andriod with no limitations

28. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

They do that to try and get as many people as they can to use their services. It's especially helpful having a larger user base when those services need crowd source info. For example, the more people using Cortana, the faster it will evolve and grow. Make no mistake, MS isn't offering those apps on Android out of the goodness of their heart, they're doing it because they want more people using their services and being a distant third in market share that's tough to do. Same reason why T-Mobile and Sprint are offering better deals or unlimited data, because they have to to try and get more users.

15. TyrionLannister unregistered

Google can't give YouTube for free. It's not like other apps. It's a service that survives through ads and MS blocked them which made google remove the app from the WP store. It's as simple as that. If you don't want to see ads, you'll have to pay. By using these third party clients, you are practically pirating. So don't complain if these are taken away. MS is the problem. They shouldn't have blocked the ads.

17. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

No, it's google. You forgot the part of the story when Microsoft obliged to Google's demands and they still made them take it down. And it was a great app too.

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

My question to you would be how to you fight a well funded giant the uses the EEE to destroy competition.,_extend_and_extinguish One way is to isolate yourself and make yourself mutually exclusive to Microsoft.

20. Penny

Posts: 1859; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Nobody is asking for YouTube for free. Third party clients on WP include ads as they are supposed to, and Google is breaking them here. Microsoft has tried to work with Google directly to bring a supported YouTube client -- they even wrote the app and asked Google to sign off. Google refused. I'm not pirating. I'm being shut out by Google. Google is simply making sure that WP doesn't have a fully functioning YouTube client; ads are not even a part of their equation.

27. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

See comment 26.

30. AlikMalix unregistered

Tyrion - I dont agree with you often, but yes, YouTube is Google's and they can and should do what ever the hell they want... You didnt pay for it, dont complain...

36. AlikMalix unregistered

To be honest, Bing is pretty damn good for video searches, I even like their layout a little better in some ways (especially the images, but that's not the topic at hand). I can recall daily that I ask Siri to search Bing instead because Google seems to show the same crap day-in and day-out, Bing shows variety more often when you search again the next day...

3. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

All eight Windows Phone users are furious.

4. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

thanks for the insightful and intellectual contribution. enjoy that malware.

5. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Like we really give a fat baby's a$$ what Google does. Microsoft cares even less as long as those Android checks keep coming in. Enjoy the indentured servitude to Microsoft.

11. JDeus01

Posts: 48; Member since: May 07, 2013

how many times did your lagdriod crashed before you could post that comment?

13. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Funny story, today IE on my Lumia 635 crashed 3 times trying to post a comment on another forum. Probably due to keyboard bugs.

24. aleunge

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Well if your browser crashes three times with a website, issues with compatibility or that website? That's why i always have more than one browser on any os just in case... It happens enough on any. Other than w10 preview devices, overall, my android devices crash noticeably more than my WP devices. I don't think any real multiplatform android and WP/IOS users can refute android crashes the most in comparison (although still quite acceptable for current gens).

38. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

I have yet to have any sort of crash with chrome on my moto g or moto x with that same site. Besides, WP only allows using IE as the rendering engine, as everthing else is a skin on top. Oh, and didn't you read the article sometime back that pre LP android crashed the least of all platforms?

43. aleunge

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

You as the sample size probably doesn't say that much about that website or Chrome on Android. For example, I've used WP since WP7 and can't even recall the last time a website crashed IE on it (I admit Chrome is very stable though but I can recall crashes). As far as rendering engines go, WP is indeed closed like iOS (iOS has even more restrictions on web/java rendering actually) but you still can use something like Opera Mini, which uses server side rendering. If you're talking about studies by Crittercism, Android and iOS are neck and neck in regards to crashes, with each winning by not much depending on which version you're comparing... Lollipop 2.0%, KitKat 2.6%, ICS 2.6%, iOS8 2.2%, 7 1.9%. The study doesn't even look at anything else other than crashes but fans death grip the findings religiously. Freezes, lags, and reboots are not included and they do happen... loads on Android, especially if I have to flash custom roms to keep it updated. But that's another topic. No mention of either OS in comparison to WP anyway.

32. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Your mama is one of thyem too, this is what she told me last night......

6. TheBiz

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 13, 2015

come on google why are you busy licking apple's a** you update apps on ios almost every week but dont give ms even some basic apps like youtube app and gmail app android was some how straight drawn from ios but it was windows os that was truly innovative but google,devs and narrow minded microsoft are killing it just imagine if windows blocked google and allowed people to only use bing on pc what would be your fate you cant survive on android alone right

14. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

FYI MS has blocked me from using google as default search on IE on WP. Not that I care. Just brought it up to show a bit of irony.

22. hurrycanger

Posts: 1765; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I do care... It sucks. Even when I go to Google website, I get a pop up saying something like: Hey, just type what you wanna search directly on the bar to search faster. But heck no, even pulling up google website then search on it seems faster.

23. aleunge

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I think that's an OEM thing possibly? I can change the IE default search provider for three of my WP devices. Similar to stock installed apps for Android?

39. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

It's new to WP8.1. Older versions didn't do that, and didn't change it if you upgraded to 8.1

34. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Since WP developer can readily update their app, i don't see the problem. Updating API is part and parcel of software advancement.

35. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

It's simple if Google gives it's service's to WP it will grow really fast so it tries to bash the WP that's the main point of WP 10 is to make developers make app for WP. You're taking about Apple apps no I never hear that and they're not that good even. Plus my WP IE never crushed ever, although other browsers crashes a lot.

37. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The EU will no doubt bring these issues to light in their suite against Google. the end result could indeed be that Google will be forced to make an official YOUTUBE app for EU Windows smart phones or get fined.

41. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

that would be really bad here's an app that allows you to watch videos ! comment like shaer and other things you don't need that !

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