Google launches its own Youtube app for iOS

Google, the company behind YouTube, has released a new Youtube application to replace Apple's version of the popular video app. Back in the time when the original iPhone was launched, Apple and Google signed a 5-year licensing agreement to offer Youtube on Apple's mobile devices. But because Apple announced it will no longer include the app on iOS 6, Google has come up with a replacement.

Part of the agreement was that Apple developed the app and its interface, which regrettably did not change much over the past five years. The new application however sports a better interface, which shares a resemblance to its Android counterpart. There are several new features as well, such as an improved search (also by voice) and a way to get to your subscribed channels. It's easier to share a video on social media now and you can add comments while you're watching a video. Videos keep playing if you're going through the list of suggested items or the navigational menu as well.

There's access to thousands of new videos, because videos with ads are no longer blocked. That also means you'll see advertisements from now on with certain content, such as official music videos.

According to YouTube's mobile product manager Andrey Doronichev in an interview for CNN, Google was already building the app months before Apple made its announcement:

Apple and us have been working very closely on this one. This was the right thing to do from both companies' standpoint. User experience is so much better.

If you want to try out the new app, which is available for iOS 4.3 and higher on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, head over to the App Store.

Source: Know Your Mobile and CNN  | Image via CNN

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When HTML5 provides are a really nice interface for YouTube, why waste time with a spyware app?

Yes the Google App DOES collect more information than using Safari to browse the YouTube site.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,
One more thing: you can't listen to YouTube vids in the background like you could with the old app and like you can from the website.

Try this:
play video in new app, lock your device, double click the home button, click play. That's what I do...

Tyler R. said,

Try this:
play video in new app, lock your device, double click the home button, click play. That's what I do...

YOU try it and tell me if it works. I already mentioned this works WITH THE OLD APP AND SAFARI. It DOES NOT work with the new app. Sigh...

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

YOU try it and tell me if it works. I already mentioned this works WITH THE OLD APP AND SAFARI. It DOES NOT work with the new app. Sigh...

You really like misunderstanding me and blowing stuff out of proportions. I told you above. I have not tried this app. I asked you if this would work with the new app. You never mentioned your method, so I gave you mine. I guess it does not work. /sigh... yourself

Tyler R. said,

You really like misunderstanding me and blowing stuff out of proportions. I told you above. I have not tried this app. I asked you if this would work with the new app. You never mentioned your method, so I gave you mine. I guess it does not work. /sigh... yourself

Oh, I am sorry. I didn't realize that was you on the other comment. I replied to this thinking this comment was from someone random, as I didn't look at the poster's name.

Anyway, not knowing it was you, I thought the previous comment simply failed to read my comment except the last sentence. But yes, the only way to listen to background audio is through the double tapping the home button method. But because the new YouTube app does not use the default audio player in iOS bur rather uses an embedded audio player within the app, this method doesn't work. I hope Google fixes it; until then, the website will have to do it for me.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

Oh, I am sorry. I didn't realize that was you on the other comment. I replied to this thinking this comment was from someone random, as I didn't look at the poster's name.

Anyway, not knowing it was you, I thought the previous comment simply failed to read my comment except the last sentence. But yes, the only way to listen to background audio is through the double tapping the home button method. But because the new YouTube app does not use the default audio player in iOS bur rather uses an embedded audio player within the app, this method doesn't work. I hope Google fixes it; until then, the website will have to do it for me.

It's cool. I fully understand why that's an important feature for you

I want to know: How many people actually knew that the YouTube website works fine on iOS AND you could make a shortcut to YouTube on homescreen.

Secondly, the app's UI is EXACTLY THE SAME AS the YouTube website on iOS. If anyone of you didn't know this, I suggest going to YouTube website from your iOS device and find out.

There is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON why anyone would still use the crappy YouTube app that came with iOS. I gave up on the app and have been using the web site for a long time now!

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,
I want to know: How many people actually knew that the YouTube website works fine on iOS AND you could make a shortcut to YouTube on homescreen.

Secondly, the app's UI is EXACTLY THE SAME AS the YouTube website on iOS. If anyone of you didn't know this, I suggest going to YouTube website from your iOS device and find out.

There is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON why anyone would still use the crappy YouTube app that came with iOS. I gave up on the app and have been using the web site for a long time now!

It is their choice, not yours. If they want to use an app, then that's fine. If they want to use web based app, that's fine, too.

You can not force them to use an app your way.

Remember this: not all devices are same... if the app isn't working well on the device, then the user will remove the app and try the web version. If both versions aren't working well for them, then they will use desktop version on their PC/laptop/tablet.

I understand both versions are basically same but it is depends on the devices and system configurations.

So let the users choose what they want on their devices.

I haven't used an app on the phone for awhile. Mostly I check videos on the desktop or media box.

Has anyone tried searching for the app from within the App Store itself? It's impossible to find it. I had to go to Safari and type in the iTunes app url given in the article.

MidTxWRX said,
Has anyone tried searching for the app from within the App Store itself? It's impossible to find it. I had to go to Safari and type in the iTunes app url given in the article.

It is easier to type in the company name rather than the app name. Type in Google, Inc and you will find the YouTube app.

This is also true with the new podcast app. Type in Apple Inc.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

Go to the youtube website from safari, the UI of the new app and the website is EXACTLY THE SAME.


I don't want m.youtube.com.
I know it exists and I MUCH MUCH prefer running an app for a couple reasons.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

I don't want m.youtube.com.
I know it exists and I MUCH MUCH prefer running an app for a couple reasons.

GS:mac

What are those couple of reasons? Also, unlike the safari version, you can't listen to YouTube in the background with the new app.

tanjiajun_34 said,
Soon to come... Well iOS 6 is not out of beta so its still all right....

iOS will be out of beta tomorrow. Not likely Google will issue an iPad version by then. FAIL by all accords.

@Leo said,

iOS will be out of beta tomorrow. Not likely Google will issue an iPad version by then. FAIL by all accords.

What the heck?

iOS6 is already a finished product, otherwise it wouldn't be able to be installed on iPhones right now that will ship rather soon.
That's not to say iOS6 will release tomorrow to older iOS devices already though, which is presumably what you're implying?

A new major version of iOS always launched together with the new iPhone.

GS:mac

Ha ha funny. It is too damn difficult to guess, I meant iOS6 will be out of beta, officially tomorrow, and GM build will be out. Consumers will get it a week later.

@Leo said,

iOS will be out of beta tomorrow. Not likely Google will issue an iPad version by then. FAIL by all accords.
Hmm its announced that its tmr? Or just predicting its tmr?

tanjiajun_34 said,
Hmm its announced that its tmr? Or just predicting its tmr?

Pretty much how it's always been. GM build is out on keynote day, general release a ~week later.

thealexweb said,
Just realized I'm stuck with the crappy version on my original iPad, uuh -.-

Just use the website. How do you not realize that youtube.com is so much better than the app.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

Just use the website. How do you not realize that youtube.com is so much better than the app.

Safari has a lot of issues on my 1st gen iPad, I try to use apps where I can.

A much needed revamp over the default crap from Apple. ProTube is still my favourite app for youtube!

JJ_ said,
A much needed revamp over the default crap from Apple. ProTube is still my favourite app for youtube!

Yes, Protube is great for DOWNLOADING youtube videos. BUT, it is basically a web frame that launches the youtube website. Just go to the youtube website from safari, and you will get the same UI.

Hahaha, proof once again that Google dosent love Android, Android is just their own tailored way of making sure no one pulls the power plug and stops their products from advertising on the platform. Youtube is Googles little advertisement whore, turn off adblock and try it for a day.

Iridium said,
Hahaha, proof once again that Google dosent love Android, Android is just their own tailored way of making sure no one pulls the power plug and stops their products from advertising on the platform. Youtube is Googles little advertisement whore, turn off adblock and try it for a day.

wat?

Iridium said,
Hahaha, proof once again that Google dosent love Android, Android is just their own tailored way of making sure no one pulls the power plug and stops their products from advertising on the platform. Youtube is Googles little advertisement whore, turn off adblock and try it for a day.

Forgot to take your medicine or...?

Iridium said,
Hahaha, proof once again that Google dosent love Android, Android is just their own tailored way of making sure no one pulls the power plug and stops their products from advertising on the platform. Youtube is Googles little advertisement whore, turn off adblock and try it for a day.

wtf are you talking?

Iridium said,
........ Youtube is Googles little advertisement whore, turn off adblock and try it for a day.

So Google makes there money from ads and without them they cannot offer services for free? Thank goodness you put that out in the open because that's breaking news for everyone here.

Also, I now use Youtube without Adblock because you can skip all the ads within 5 seconds. If this helps both the uploaders and keeping Youtube alive then I'm all up for it.

Iridium said,
Hahaha, proof once again that Google dosent love Android, Android is just their own tailored way of making sure no one pulls the power plug and stops their products from advertising on the platform. Youtube is Googles little advertisement whore, turn off adblock and try it for a day.

Whatever you're smoking please stop. Failed attempt at trolling is fail!!!!

Shame!!! Did i strike out at your overlords? I read over my statement and detected very little crazy. I recently had a break with adblock and landed up noticing Youtube is a little ad nightmare these days. So none of you think that Google is first and foremost a web advertising company? Bunch of little zealots.

Thank God. The YouTube app on iOS was slow and useless. The icon was also really ugly. A TV? Why not just the YouTube logo? Better to use the safari version. I'm on iOS 6 Beta 4. I'll try it out on my lunch break!

Tyler R. said,
Thank God. The YouTube app on iOS was slow and useless. The icon was also really ugly. A TV? Why not just the YouTube logo? Better to use the safari version. I'm on iOS 6 Beta 4. I'll try it out on my lunch break!

One question: Why did you use the app. Why didn't you use the YouTube website? The website sports the SAME UI as this new app. Or were you under the notion that YouTube website won't work on iOS because it has flash. Remember, this isn't 2007 anymore.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

One question: Why did you use the app. Why didn't you use the YouTube website? The website sports the SAME UI as this new app. Or were you under the notion that YouTube website won't work on iOS because it has flash. Remember, this isn't 2007 anymore.

I do use the website. I haven't used the actual app since ios 3 on my 1st gen iPod Touch. This is stated in my above post: "Better to use the safari version." I have not tried the new app (I will when I get home), however I thought it was somehow different than the website. I currently just "Pin to home screen" and have a pretty YouTube icon now.

Tyler R. said,

I do use the website. I haven't used the actual app since ios 3 on my 1st gen iPod Touch. This is stated in my above post: "Better to use the safari version." I have not tried the new app (I will when I get home), however I thought it was somehow different than the website. I currently just "Pin to home screen" and have a pretty YouTube icon now.

The app's UI is very similar to the Website's one. However, there is one issue with the app, and that is that you can't listen to YouTube videos on the background or while on other apps. I like the website one because I can turn off my iPod screen and continue to listen to YouTUbe.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

One question: Why did you use the app. Why didn't you use the YouTube website? The website sports the SAME UI as this new app. Or were you under the notion that YouTube website won't work on iOS because it has flash. Remember, this isn't 2007 anymore.

He stated that he uses the "safari version" which implies the YouTube website in his original post .

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,
However, there is one issue with the app, and that is that you can't listen to YouTube videos on the background or while on other apps. I like the website one because I can turn off my iPod screen and continue to listen to YouTUbe.

There's a sort-of workaround for this. Lock your device and YouTube will stop, but then double-tap the home button to get the lock screen controls and push play. The audio will then continue playing.

Works for the "old" YouTube app, at least.

iKenndac said,

There's a sort-of workaround for this. Lock your device and YouTube will stop, but then double-tap the home button to get the lock screen controls and push play. The audio will then continue playing.

Works for the "old" YouTube app, at least.

No it DOES NOT work with the new app, which I was trying to say all along. I said this trick works on the safari version and it also works with the old YouTube app. This doesn't work with the new app.

Also, you don't have to lock your device. You can simply double tap from any app, which opens the app switcher, and slide left to see the play/pause button. Press the play button to listen to YouTube while working on other app. Does not work with the new app, though.