Microsoft released official and approved by Google YouTube app
YouTube, one of the most popular smartphone apps has returned to the Windows Store today. Microsoft was forced to remove its updated app on May 22 after Google’s objections. On May 26 both companies announced that they will work together on a new, official and approved by Google YouTube app for Windows Phone 7 and 8. Today, YouTube version 188.8.131.52 is available and you can download it directly on your device.
It looks like Microsoft has re-build completely the app and has added a couple of new features. YouTube for Windows Phone is not just a shortcut to the video streaming site, but it allows users to upload videos and stream live video channels. It is a bit strange, but to upload a video via WiFi you must plug-in and charging your device. If the charging is interrupted the upload fails.
Microsoft has added voice activation and voice search. Users can pin videos, channels and playlist to the Home screen as Live tiles. User’s YouTube profile, playlists and uploads can be managed with a unique My YouTube page. You have a quick access to the search bar to find your favorite channels, videos and playlists. The content can be easily shared to the social networks, via text messages or emails. The new app has integration with Kid’s Corner, ensuring your children will watch only appropriate videos.
The YouTube app displays pre-roll commercials – something missing in the first version. The other change is that users have lost the ability to download videos. The official YouTube app is available for all Windows devices. You can download it here from the Windows Store.