Google comments on Windows Phone YouTube app situation
Just the other day, we saw Microsoft release an update to its recently redone Windows Phone YouTube app, removing one of the features Google found objectionable. As you might remember, the app initially generated controversy due to how it allowed users to download videos to their phones, and how it played clips without the advertisements YouTube attached to them. Microsoft dropped the download feature, but insisted that it couldn’t very well get those ads working unless Google wanted to open up and share some YouTube APIs with the company. We’ve been waiting to hear what Google’s response might be, and today we learn that it looks like these two are going to find a way to work things out, after all.
Google reports, “Microsoft and YouTube are working together to update the new YouTube for Windows Phone app to enable compliance with YouTube’s API terms of service, including enabling ads, in the coming weeks.”
That’s fantastic, and while some of you might have preferred an ad-free, download-friendly YouTube experience, this will almost certainly lead to a higher-quality, better-supported YouTube app for the future of Windows Phone.
Source: The Verge