Microsoft updates YouTube Windows Phone app, addresses some of Google's concerns

The row between Microsoft and Google continues as Microsoft manages to address some, not all, Google's concern over Microsoft's recently developed YouTube app.

Published Date
23 - May - 2013
| Last Updated
23 - May - 2013
Microsoft updates YouTube Windows Phone app, addresses some of Go...

Microsoft has released an update to its native YouTube app for Windows Phone in a bid to address Google's concerns over the previous version.

Google last week had sought Microsoft to pull the earlier version of the app, alleging the app breached YouTube's terms of use by allowing users to download videos and bypass publishers' content restrictions. Google also objected on not displaying YouTube ads within the app.

Google asked Microsoft to pull the older version of the app by May 22 and to disable the app for those who have already downloaded it. Microsoft, in the meanwhile, has released a new update to the app.

Though the update does not comply with all Google's concerns. After updating, YouTube for Windows Phone 8 app loses the ability to download videos. But it still fails to show up the ads, something which Microsoft says it will change immediately when Google provides access to necessary APIs.

A Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement: “Microsoft updated the Windows Phone YouTube app to address the restricted video and offline video access concerns voiced by Google last week. We have been in contact with Google and continue to believe that our two companies can work together to hone an app that benefits our mutual customers, partners and content providers.”

The ongoing row between the two tech giants comes months after Microsoft in a blog post on TechNet earlier this year claimed Google was deliberately trying to harm its mobile platform by preventing it from providing a YouTube app as good as on Android and iOS platforms. “... Just last month we [at Microsoft] learned from YouTube that senior executives at Google told them not to enable a first-class YouTube experience on Windows Phones,” VP Dave Heiner is quoted as saying.

Source: Slashgear