Microsoft relaunches YouTube Windows Phone app

Earlier this year, Microsoft released a new version of its in-house YouTube app for Windows Phone 8. However, the app did not support ads from Google's video service and as a result, Google sent Microsoft a cease and desist letter, demanding that the downloads for the app be stopped. Microsoft later said it would comply if it got full access to Google's APIs for YouTube.

The dispute between the two companies reached a truce in May when they sent out a joint statement saying they would work together to develop an official YouTube Windows Phone app. Today, Microsoft relaunched its new YouTube app, this time supporting both Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.

The listing on the Windows Phone Store makes it clear that the app was made by Microsoft and is "not associated with or sponsored by YouTube, LLC or Google, Inc." However, in a statement to Neowin, Microsoft said there was at least some collaboration with Google on the app. The statement said:

We’ve released an updated YouTube app for Windows Phone that provides the great experience our consumers expect while addressing the concerns Google expressed in May, including the addition of ads. We appreciate Google’s support in ensuring that Windows Phones customers have a quality YouTube experience and look forward to continuing the collaboration.

In terms of features, the YouTube app allows users to pin videos, channels, playlists and more to their Windows Phone Start screen as Live Tiles. YouTube users can also sign into their profile and manage their own playlists. The app allows users to upload videos to their channels but does not allow for downloading videos.

Videos from YouTube can be shared via email, text messages and social networks via the new app, and kids who use their parents' phone can view age appropriate YouTube videos in the Kid's Corner section.

Source: Microsoft | Image via Microsoft

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The new app seems to already be broken. Nothing will load, just gives message: "Something happened and we don't know what." Android app still working okay.

xankazo said,

it is available for Amber (GRD2) phones.

When I try to download, it's saying Not available in your region/update software etc..

Can you please post a link to the app on the wp7 marketplace?
When I open the store, there is no YouTube app by Microsoft (there used to be ).
If I open the source link of the article, it says incompatible - update your software and stuff!

Dot Matrix said,
Still haven't "updated" from the old app, duck off, Google.

Same here. That is one app I did not update. Will wait for a better app than that before updating.

Tears of happiness!! Thank you, thank you..Microsoft and Google.

Edit: No thanks until they make it available in my region (Malaysia). I'm using a Lumia 925 btw.

Edited by abdhoms, Aug 14 2013, 12:38am : ..

CygnusOrion said,
Awesome, one more to scratch off the list. Now we need Gmail and Google+ apps.

Gmail would be high priority than Google+. What we really need are official apps, not Microsoft built ones.

jeffreysyang said,
assuming you use wp8, just out of curiosity, why don't you just sign in into gmail via email+account in settings?

A native app still has advantages over the Mail app. That is the reason why we have native apps in iOS and Android.

TechieXP said,
So what about ppl with 2gb data plans who dont want to upload 50mb vids over 4g?

It is set to WiFi by default, this is an in-app setting.

Mobius Enigma said,

It is set to WiFi by default, this is an in-app setting.

I saw your other comment, too, and man... people seem to just never look at the Settings. For me, that is the first place I go when I download an app!

See my comment above. I think comments like this are the reason the upload feature is severely restricted. If someone is on a limited data plan (I'm too), are they really incapable of thinking that it isn't a wise decision to upload big files over cellular? So instead now we 've MS spoon feeding them making the app severely restrictive for people with unlimited data or someone who has to upload something important on the move and doesn't worry about extra charges.

Mobius Enigma said,

It is set to WiFi by default, this is an in-app setting.

You miss the point of what I said. This poster -
artfuldodga, said "Cannot upload videos on the go... as in you must be on WiFi and have your device charging,". My response was "because someone with a 2GB data plan isnt going to want to upload 50MB videos" and having wifi as default would help prevent going over.

TechieXP said,
You miss the point of what I said. This poster -
artfuldodga. . .
Then you should have made your comment a reply to artfuldodga and not a new thread.

Cannot upload videos on the go... as in you must be on WiFi and have your device charging, Please seek comment from Microsoft on this(because its stupid)... kind of hard to record and upload happenings on the go with such a restriction... If its just an oversight I'd expect a fix in a Week, if its a Google restriction I'd expect an update probably never

artfuldodga said,
Cannot upload videos on the go... as in you must be on WiFi and have your device charging, Please seek comment from Microsoft on this(because its stupid)... kind of hard to record and upload happenings on the go with such a restriction... If its just an oversight I'd expect a fix in a Week, if its a Google restriction I'd expect an update probably never

Same restriction for Android also (I don't know about the charging requirement though but you have to be on Wifi to upload)

artfuldodga said,
Cannot upload videos on the go... as in you must be on WiFi and have your device charging, Please seek comment from Microsoft on this(because its stupid)... kind of hard to record and upload happenings on the go with such a restriction... If its just an oversight I'd expect a fix in a Week, if its a Google restriction I'd expect an update probably never

Settings - Upload video over
*Any
*Wi-Fi
(Change this to Any, then you can use your existing 3/4G connection to upload.)

Not entirely true. The app uses background transfer api so is limited to 5 MB upload over cellular, upto 20 MB over WiFi and upto 100 MB over WiFi + external power (means device must be charging). Files over 100 MB simply can't be uploaded.

I understand why MS has a stringent background upload api but for a video upload app those data caps are severely restrictive.

Woot ....a YouTube app ! A guess two companies
Can work together .... Sure ms had to make a YouTube app to get google mad but in the end we got an official one ... Even tho I like metro tube better on my wp8