Apple Drops YouTube Native App, Google Releases Standalone App
Article by George Norman
On 11 Sep 2012
With Apple announcing that the native YouTube app will not be a part of iOS 6, Google rolled out a standalone YouTube app for the operating system.

With the upcoming iOS 6, YouTube will no longer be a part of the mobile operating system. Apple announced that the native YouTube app will not be part of iOS 6, operating system that will be presented alongside the new iPhone 5 at a special event that Apple will host on Wednesday, the 12th of September.


Even though Apple decided to drop the native YouTube app, this does not mean you’re left without a YouTube app. Today, September 11, Google announced that a standalone YouTube app has been rolled out to the public – it is available for free download on the App Store here.

“For all you diehard YouTube fans out there who can’t get enough YouTube on your mobile, we’ve got some great news: starting today, you can download the official YouTube app for iPhone and iPod touch from the App Store, bringing you more of the videos you love and more ways to share them with the people you care about,” said Andrey Doronichev, head of YouTube mobile. “The new app is built by YouTube engineers, to give our iPhone and iPod touch users the best mobile experience,” Doronichev added.

YouTube for iOS App Main Features:
  • Watch thousands of videos on your iPhone or iPod.
  • There’s a new channel guide that can be accessed by swiping your finger from the left edge of the screen.
  • The search tools provide suggestions so that you can find videos faster.
  • See related videos, read comments while watching a video.
  • Share videos via email, text, Facebook, Twitter, or Google plus.

For now the app works with the iPhone and iPod Touch only. Google explained that it’s currently working on an iPad version and hopes to roll it out to the public “in the coming months.”

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