Google Releases Standalone YouTube App Ahead of iOS 6 Launch
Just before the next-generation iPhone unveiling, Google rolled out a standalone version of its YouTube app, giving iPhone and iPod Touch users access to the online video sharing portal. Apple’s iPad is currently not supported by the application, but that is said to be released in due time. The move is meant to help maintain Google’s presence in iOS after Apple announced in August that it would no longer be distributing YouTube as part of the pre-installed apps on iDevices.
Google added a number of features which seem to be borrowed from both the native Android app and the mobile web browser version of YouTube to the iOS version. These features include a YouTube channel guide, more robust sharing options (with Facebook, Google+, email, and more), and expanded search results. Furthermore, the app’s interface has also changed and is more similar to what one would see in the mobile web browser client, except with fast gesture-based controls.
The app is actually an improvement in many areas and cumbersome in others. On one hand, the app comes packed with several features that previously just been missing from the iOS version of the app but since it’s written by Google and is no longer subject to Apple-enforced restrictions, ads are now fair game. Furthermore, the YouTube app is currently only built for the iPhone and iPod Touch as mentioned before. Google said it was working on a version optimized for the iPad to be released “in the coming months.”
For those of you who are interested, you can download the 7.5MB YouTube app from the App Store as a free download.
Source: App Store