Some Windows Phone users having YouTube issues; is this Google Maps all over again?

As Yogi Berra famously said, "It's deja vu all over again." Just one week after Google was caught cutting out access to Google Maps on the Windows Phone version of Internet Explorer, owners of smartphones using Microsoft's mobile OS are now having issues accessing YouTube, also owned and operated by Google.

WPCentral.com reports that Windows Phone 8 owners are claiming that when they go to m.youtube.com on their version of IE, they don't see a list of videos in the browser but rather a prompt to download an app. Even worse news comes when a user tries to push the "Search for app in the Store?” box. The message that follows is rather rude; "Sorry, no apps found." Some third party apps such as MetroTube seem to still work.

Microsoft has created its own "official" YouTube app for Windows Phone but it's basically a wrapper for the website. As Microsoft just recently pointed out, they have been refused direct access to YouTube's APIs by Google. You can get around this issue if you switch to "Mobile View" from the default "Desktop View" in IE but that won't even work for Windows Phone 7 users, who now can't load YouTube videos in their version of IE at all.

It should be noted that the comments page on WPCentral.com indicates that YouTube still works for some Windows Phone owners. However, we still suspect a number of phone calls and complaints are heading Google's way right now.

It's possible that this could be just an error on Google's part but considering the massive firestorm that hit when the Google Maps issue hit last week (Google later restored Maps on Windows Phone IE) we think that Google just gave Microsoft another bullet point in their continued campaign against Google.

Source: WPCentral.com | Image via WPCentral.com

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Schmidt happens!


More reason to hate Google for abusing their monopolies. Hope someone creates a viable alternative to YouTube or government agencies start regulating the crap out of Google. One of the two has to happen eventually since Google is proving they can't be trusted to act in good faith.

If Google is doing this intentionally, they make wake up the bear called Microsoft. Dropping YouTube support through traditional MICROSOFT Apps and tools from Windows would kill off Youtube in the matter of a few weeks.

thenetavenger said,
If Google is doing this intentionally, they make wake up the bear called Microsoft. Dropping YouTube support through traditional MICROSOFT Apps and tools from Windows would kill off Youtube in the matter of a few weeks.

Except that organizations such as the EU would ban Microsoft and kill Windows's marketshare in a matter of days.

EU hates Microsoft but loves Google which is why Google gets away with being evil and Microsoft does not. Hench Google's new slogan: don't be evil Microsoft or we'll get ya.

still1 said,
its wp all over again wp is a disease.

Companies only restrict products they deem a threat. Maybe Google should put more time into getting Android running even 'close' to the performance of WP7 or WP8 instead of this childish crap.

If Google wasn't concerned by WP, they wouldn't have started this with the Maps. PERIOD.

still1 said,
its wp all over again wp is a disease.

how does this douche get to write stuff like this but I say something defending WP8 and I get a 10 day ban?

Shall see what Google says... Otherwise, Damn stupid to place judgements.

Imo, just a something wrong and nothing to worry about. Nice article tho pretty much condemning Google with only half the story.

techbeck said,
Shall see what Google says... Otherwise, Damn stupid to place judgements.

Imo, just a something wrong and nothing to worry about. Nice article tho pretty much condemning Google with only half the story.

Agree, as much as I distrust Google.

However, at the VERY LEAST, Google is having an access outage problem, as it is their service, their site and their content that is not accessible using STANDARD HTML5 videos or Flash launched Video Codecs.

Considering it is ONLY happening on WP7 with IE9 and WP8 with IE10, both which have rather robust HTML5 support, I would put my bets on Google doing this on purpose or being totally incompetent in web site engineering.

So there is a bit of reason to 'suspect' Google, until Android, or iOS starts to exhibit the same issues.

Website on WP7 worked fine for me up to clicking play on the thumbnail, then used WP7s default RTSP player to play it, no problems. Anyone with the issue mind posting which media players they have installed or might have recently uninstalled?

I got this when I'd try to view videos on m.youtube.com with my site preference to desktop. As long as my preference is mobile, it works just fine. Also, desktop YouTube works when the preference is set to desktop. It's weird that it works that way, but that's my experience.

Edit: Just read the middle paragraph more closely... nevermind...

can play youtube videos fine here in uk on a wp7.5 titan, however, it is satuday night, i am slightly drunk and i could be seeing things

I've been experiencing this issue for over a week. When I swipe to media content on Bing, it gives a list of videos and if I click on any, it tells me to search for an app, but none are available. I figure this is probably a problem on Microsoft's end, since metro tube works fine.

can confirm that my lumia 920 cant play videos

the video can play in desktop mode however but thats not as good for touch

rtsp://v5.cache1.c.youtube.com/CjYLENy73wIaLQmznU1dvDv2RBMYDSANFEIJbXYtZ29vZ2xlSARSBXdhdGNoYI7ThYeRnqb4UAw=/0/0/0/video.3gp

the app the windows store is trying to find is one that deals with the above RTSP:// link

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m.youtube.com works in WP7 in the UK.

I use metrotube as an WP7 app to access youtube.

I am though having flash playback issues with IE10 on my windows 8 Desktop, may be connected with WP8 issues.

Mal1 said,
m.youtube.com works in WP7 in the UK.

I use metrotube as an WP7 app to access youtube.

I am though having flash playback issues with IE10 on my windows 8 Desktop, may be connected with WP8 issues.

I had a problem with IE10/Windows 8/Flash with YouTube - playing videos I found that a few seconds into the video the Flash plugin would crash. That issue has since been sorted out with the latest update though. Btw, when you mean issues, have you checked whether HTML5 is enabled in your YouTube settings? that can screw things up many times in my experience.

I agree. I can access the website, but majority of videos don't play. Wanted to play some for my child, but over half the damn videos would not play. No amount of tapping on the video would result in it being played. Google really needs to sort out its issues. History teaches us that a bully is always kicked in the butt sooner rather than later.