News, Windows Phone

Microsoft and Google hug it out, will work together to make a YouTube app for Windows Phone

So incase you havent heard of the drama yet, earlier this month, Microsoft made a pretty decent YouTube app for Windows Phone 8 but Google has issues with it because it did not show advertising and allowed users to download videos from YouTube, which is a strict no-no.

YouTube for Windows Phone

Now Google themselves have stated officially that they’re not going to make official apps for Windows Phone, so Microsoft’s app was the only slightly-official app on the platform. Google sent Microsoft a cease-and-desist which Microsoft agreed to by removing the downloading ability, but publicly stating that they’d love to work with Google to implement the YouTube API to get advertising in.

Apparently now, both companies have reached an agreement where the current app will be removed and a new app worked on by both Google and Microsoft, that is fully compliant with YouTube’s Terms of Service, will be released instead.

Joint statement from Google and Microsoft

Microsoft and YouTube are working together to update the new YouTube for Windows Phone app to enable compliance with YouTube’s API terms of service, including enabling ads, in the coming weeks. Microsoft will replace the existing YouTube app in Windows Phone Store with the previous version during this time.

Judging by that outcome, hopefully Microsoft will make more Windows Phone apps for Google’s services, heh.

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  • Mohammad Sarim

    I never updated the app, so i still have the download functionality on my phone. And I won’t be updating if Google spoils the app. The ‘1’ on my Store tile is bugging me though :P