Microsoft releases new YouTube app for Windows Phone 8


Microsoft released a complete overhaul of its YouTube app for Windows Phone 8 this morning.

Microsoft released a complete overhaul of its YouTube app for Windows Phone 8 this morning, providing users of the company's smartphone operating system with a free app for the video-sharing service that includes all its most popular features.

The new app, which may not be immediately available for all users as it was just published, allows users to manage their profiles and playlists, share videos to social networks via text or email, and limit content to children with YouTube's Safety Mode feature. Additionally, Windows Phone 8-specific features such as the ability to pin videos, playlists, channels and search queries are included in the updated app.

Microsoft's earlier YouTube "app," which in reality was little more than a skin of the service's mobile website, lacked the majority of features found in third-party alternatives such as MetroTube. The company previously complained to the European Union and U.S. Federal Trade Commission that Google, owner of YouTube, has purposefully blocked access to its full range of YouTube application programming interfaces, preventing Microsoft from developing a quality Windows Phone app.

When reached for comment, a Microsoft spokesman provided Neowin with the following statement regarding the app's development: "Windows Phone invested additional engineering resources against existing APIs to re-architect a Windows Phone app that delivers a great YouTube experience, including support for unique Windows Phone 8 features such as Live Tiles and Kids Corner. Microsoft did not receive any additional technical support to create the Windows Phone YouTube app."

Though the new YouTube app is not yet available for Windows Phone 7.5, Microsoft said an updated version should be available in the coming weeks.

Source: Windows Phone Store via Windows Phone Blog

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Wow, holy ****. This is one sexy update to that app.

Makes a nice change! For me to prefer browsing through an app than the website! So smooth & quick, =D

I've been looking around and it looks like it has all of the features of Metrotube and more. It has has added is the ability to watch your liked videos and you can change the video quality in fullscreen. You can play your liked and favorited in a playlist and you can also remove your videos you have liked, favorited or added to a playlist. It also preforms much faster (for me).

The only downside is the design, it's quite ugly in places.

Edited by Gaffney, May 8 2013, 12:54am :

OK, I tried it and I really like this. Great job Microsoft has done with this app. All considering they didn't get any help from Google. Sorry Metrotube, you have served me so well this far, but this app is totally sexy.

There's Metrotube.

But if Microsoft's just made this for Windows Phone 8, I'd be surprised if something similar to this didn't appear on the Windows Store rather soon.

WOW! Just tried this out on my Lumia 920, and it's SOOOO FAST and buttery smooth! I've tried this on iPhone and Android before, and I have to say this is the fastest and best version of this app! Kudos to MS for this! Keep up the awesome work!

Few features I noticed so far. The audio from the video will still run if you shut your screen off. Also you can download videos.

This is a real app. The last one was just a link to the YouTube mobile website.

Unfortunately, there's still no voice input for the search box [Very handy when you're driving!]

Waqqas Khokhar said,
This is a real app. The last one was just a link to the YouTube mobile website.

Unfortunately, there's still no voice input for the search box [Very handy when you're driving!]


The fact that you're looking for a more convenient way to watch youtube videos while driving terrifies me.

Waqqas Khokhar said,
This is a real app. The last one was just a link to the YouTube mobile website.

Unfortunately, there's still no voice input for the search box [Very handy when you're driving!]

I hope i don't live anywhere near where you drive lol..

I think he just uses YouTube it to listen to music with the phone connected to the car stereo instead of a music streaming service.

Doli said,
I think he just uses YouTube it to listen to music with the phone connected to the car stereo instead of a music streaming service.

Lol yes, I should have clarified that point in my post. I don't actually watch videos while driving, lol. There's a lot of audio content that is only available on Youtube.

So I guess google finally provided the API. This is a full YouTube app with HD videos and all. Runs great.

you do know that there are 3rd party apps that have been available for ages? why do people think MS has to build every single app on their own? Just like the missing start button - there's an app for that (very literally)!

Third paragraph mentioned third party apps. Also, this is an update on an existing official app, not a complaint about the lack of one.

reverseswing said,
I don't have a problem with the article. I just don't understand why everyone is worked up about MS making/not making such apps.

Most of the third-party apps either cost money or are simply links to YouTube's mobile site, like Microsoft's previous "app." MetroTube is fantastic, but it still costs money -- having a free alternative with quality features is always nice.

reverseswing said,
I don't have a problem with the article. I just don't understand why everyone is worked up about MS making/not making such apps.

Ah. I think Anthony's post above says it pretty well.

AFAIK, the trial version of MetroTube has all the features of the paid version. The paid version of the app only serves as a "donate" option.

KRazpopov said,
AFAIK, the trial version of MetroTube has all the features of the paid version. The paid version of the app only serves as a "donate" option.

D'oh, you're right -- I don't know why I wrote otherwise, I even have it installed on my 8X

It is a very nice update but I still like MetroTube a little better. With MetroTube when I pin my subscription feeds as live tiles on the start screen it lets me see when there is a new video in a specific channel without having to open the app.

Not at all.
When I tried to get it, it specifically said it was not for my region.

Perhaps the deployment system could be revised in some way to avoid this.

TheCyberKnight said,
Not at all.
When I tried to get it, it specifically said it was not for my region.

Perhaps the deployment system could be revised in some way to avoid this.

Or you could just wait.