Google Gets Involved, Microsoft's YouTube App Bombs

Google Gets Involved, Microsoft's YouTube App Bombs

UPDATE: According to reports, Google is actually blocking the Microsoft YouTube, even after working together with them to produce the app.  The Google spokesman says…

"Microsoft has not made the browser upgrades necessary to enable a fully-featured YouTube experience, and has instead re-released a YouTube app that violates our Terms of Service," says a spokesperson. "It has been disabled. We value our broad developer community and therefore ask everyone to adhere to the same guidelines."


In YouTube App for Windows Phone 8 Makes its Way Back, I told you about the best YouTube app finally being re-released after Google required Microsoft make a few updates – primarily the ability to include ads. Since the app was made available in the Windows Phone store, there have been literally hundreds of comments and complaints made to the Reviews section of the app's download page. The app worked great before Google's intervention, but the new release is problematic for many people.

Some commenters suggest that Google's involvement is the cause of the issues. Some have gone as far as to just say it like it is: "Google sucks."  But, the common thread is that the app can lock up, show blank pages, force close, or provide a non-specific error message of "something happened and we're not sure what."


I expect Microsoft to release an update to fix the issues soon. Or, maybe Google will get involved again and the fix won't show up until months from now.

Have your own problems with the app? Or, would you like to read through the comments and complaints?  Jump out to the app page in the Windows Phone store:

Microsoft's YouTube App in the Windows Phone store


BTW: The new upload feature that Microsoft added to the new release only works if the Windows Phone is charging. Some have taken offense to this, requiring a mobile phone to be tethered to a power outlet for the function to work.


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