Standalone YouTube app released for iPhone

A little over a month ago, Apple confirmed that YouTube would no longer be pre-installed in their new upcoming OS. “Our license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended. Customers can use YouTube in the safari browser and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the app store”. And with just a day to go before the iPhone 5 running iOS 6 is unveiled, the standalone YouTube app for the iPhone has been released.

Android users will feel right at home as the YouTube iPhone app sports a similar interface, along with features like the YouTube Channel Guide (swipe right to reveal a left panel, where you’ll find your subscribed channels and more). Perhaps more importantly, because this is built in-house by YouTube’s own engineers, Google can finally show ads on videos, which Apple didn’t allow previously. This in turn, means that users will now be able to watch “tens of thousands more videos”, like official music videos.

Here’s the complete list of features you can expect from the app:

✓ Enjoy YouTube’s vast video catalog, including official music videos
✓ Find videos and channels more easily with voice search and query autocomplete
✓ Subscribe to channels and instantly access your subscriptions with the channel guide UI
✓ Read comments, browse related videos, enable subtitles and more – all while watching
✓ Easy video sharing to Google+, E-mail, Facebook and Twitter

Unfortunately, this is not a universal build, meaning that native support for the iPad is not currently present. Still, watching is videos on 2x mode works relatively well on the tablet. Google has said that they’re working on an optimized version for the iPad and it will be released in the coming months.

Even if you plan on continuing to use iOS 5 on your iDevices in the foreseeable future, the standalone YouTube app is worth using over the outdated one pre-installed by Apple. Sharing videos is easier, not to mention that finding videos is a whole lot more intuitive.

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[YouTube Blog via TNW]

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