Google releases YouTube app for Xbox One

YouTube and Microsoft have a tumultuous relationship, with the former saying it has no plans to release new apps for Windows 8 or Windows Phone because of a lack of consumer adoption. There was also some question as to whether Google would release a YouTube app for Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One console, but a surprise announcement today revealed the app is now available.

A post on the official YouTube blog confirmed the app, noting that voice and gesture commands will be supported through Xbox One's bundled next-generation Kinect sensor. The post notes the app will support 1080p videos; it's not known if 4K videos, which should technically be playable on the console, will also be supported.

Users can view trending content or the channels they subscribe to in the app, and a screenshot posted alongside the blog entry shows a search option.

A separate post on Microsoft's Xbox Wire website states support for snapping the app with Xbox One's multitasking capabilities will be released "in the coming months." The post adds that the app will be released in all markets except Austria, Iceland and New Zealand for the Xbox One's launch on Friday.

Google's announcement comes as a surprise, as YouTube wasn't listed among the list of launch apps Microsoft revealed on Nov. 8. A YouTube app is available on Microsoft's Xbox 360 console, though Google and Microsoft have sparred over the release of a Microsoft-developed app for Windows Phone. Microsoft had built its own Windows Phone app, but Google blocked Microsoft's access to APIs after certain requests the company made, such as developing the app with HTML5, weren't implemented.

Source: YouTube, Xbox Wire | Images via YouTube

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I call BS on this.. There are more W8 machines than xBoxes so, not having enough consumers for the platform is BS. The same for WP8

vhaakmat said,
I call BS on this.. There are more W8 machines than xBoxes so, not having enough consumers for the platform is BS. The same for WP8

Exactly, Xbox One has less market share than WP8 at this point yet they make an app for it!!

I would suggest Xbox One owners don't download this app to show Google that they either support the ecosystem as a whole or don't support it at all.

Why? Because twich and ustream kikck Googles butt and they are in last ditch effort to stay relevant as the world moves to fb, twitter, instagram, and away from the google alternatives. But too little too late. You bet that if it wasn't for utube's fall from grace they would ban even the 360 app.

interesting, I wonder if there was a google game console existing, google would have released youtube app or not Metrotube on my windows phone does just fine

so..... they have an app for the xbox one... yet they don't for windows 8 and I bet you 90+% of the code is THE SAME

Then an app is probably coming soon for WP. I woudlnt be surprisd if there already is an app for WP and Google is keeping a lid on it because of what MS is doing.

techbeck said,
Then an app is probably coming soon for WP. I woudlnt be surprisd if there already is an app for WP and Google is keeping a lid on it because of what MS is doing.

"what MS is doing", sorry but the WP issue is all on Google!!

neo158 said,
"what MS is doing", sorry but the WP issue is all on Google!!

With all the scare tactics and crap marketing MS is doing against Google....I am sure that is part of why Google is not working with MS. MS isnt innocent in all of this...releasing apps reversed engineered knowing it would get a response from Google.

Takes to to fight and most people around here cannot see past what they are a fan of. I blame both companies...but most only blame one or the other.

So they release an app for an entirely unproven platform with only a bad pre-release rep but they refuse to support the 8th edition of the biggest operating system on the planet ... I hope they dont actually expect people to believe that.

Windows 8 is growing quickly and already has reached the size for a service as popular as YouTube should have an app because you know millions of your customers are on it. Its all too clear this has nothing to do with the adoption rate but with competition. But at least this confirms Google has no intentions to joining the console market any time soon.

Kalint said,
Next time I suggest just typing, "There's no pleasing me."

I don't know about you but I would much rather have an YouTube app on my PC, tablet and Phone then on my console. Do you have a Windows Phone?

Ronnet said,

I don't know about you but I would much rather have an YouTube app on my PC, tablet and Phone then on my console. Do you have a Windows Phone?


I do.

Kalint said,

I would. But would you?

I would.. which is why I made the Original comment to which you replied: ''Next time I suggest just typing, "There's no pleasing me." ''

Ronnet said,

I would.. which is why I made the Original comment to which you replied: ''Next time I suggest just typing, "There's no pleasing me." ''

Ok... but earlier Google released an app called Waze and objected to it because it was Google. Google owns YouTube which circles riiiiiiight back to pleasing you.

Kalint said,

Ok... but earlier Google released an app called Waze and objected to it because it was Google. Google owns YouTube which circles riiiiiiight back to pleasing you.

Does Waze provide me with a YouTube service on my Windows Phone? If not then I don't see how that would please me.

My problem is Google coming up with lame excuses to not provide Windows with an official YouTube app. Having such an app would please me.

this is probably the result of Microsoft having great foresight and locking up some type of console app agreement a long time ago that google is bound by.

Because they release products on platforms with significant market share. The Xbone will likely have 40% or more of the global console market (a market in which Google doesn't even compete directly) and Windows Phone has about 4% of the Smart Phone market where Google has over 80% (Apple has about 13%). I'm sure if Windows Phone gains significant market share Google will support it as well.

Asmodai said,
Because they release products on platforms with significant market share. The Xbone will likely have 40% or more of the global console market (a market in which Google doesn't even compete directly) and Windows Phone has about 4% of the Smart Phone market where Google has over 80% (Apple has about 13%). I'm sure if Windows Phone gains significant market share Google will support it as well.

I don't think market share is the whole story. Windows Phone is now averaging 10 millions transactions per day, nearly 300 million a month.

http://wmpoweruser.com/microso...store-transactions-per-day/

That's far greater than the possible 1-2 million Xbox Ones Microsoft will sell this holiday season. And it's going to be a really long time before the Xbox One starts doing 10 million transactions per day. It doesn't make financial sense to bank on 1-2 million downloads on the Xbox One while ignoring a solid 300 million.

This really just seems the two mobile teams are having a spat and that is what's keeping a true YouTube app off Windows Phone.

Asmodai said,
I'm sure if Windows Phone gains significant market share Google will support it as well.

There are indications Windows Phone may overtake iOS some day. I'm waiting to see if Google will release the YT app then. I'm guessing it still won't happen, but we'll see.

Also, they had to do *nothing whatsoever* when it came to the app. Microsoft put in the resources required to develop it and would have maintained it and Google wouldn't have had to lift a damn finger. So their market share argument was as stupid as it comes, and the HTML5-related objections they raised (directed only at Microsoft and no-one else) clearly showed how petty they were.

A lot of the issue with Win8 apps and Google is MS and Google fighting. I dont think it has anything to do with competition...just a grudge between the two companies. Otherwise, Google wouldnt be so quick to update iOS apps and there have been times where the iOS apps are developed/updated first.

And who knows, maybe this is a sign that a WP8 app from Google is coming soon.

thealexweb said,

Because the Xbox One will have significant market share.


For ads, yes, that is exactly why.

I think there is a secondary factor here, because Google doesn't (yet) make a game console, they view having an Xbox One YouTube app as acceptable. They had no problem supporting Google Maps, etc. on iOS until they started making inroads with Android.

thealexweb said,

Because the Xbox One will have significant market share.

That idea doesn't hold up when Google made a Youtube App for WebOS.