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Windows Phones Users Still Experiencing Trouble with YouTube

Windows users are probably more than a little disgruntled at Google right now. Thus so far, Windows phones users have been spurned by Google, having neither a YouTube nor Google Maps apps. Google's also blocked Microsoft's ability to develop a proper YouTube app on Windows phones by refusing the tech giant any access to YouTube's APIs.

Recently, Windows phones users began reporting issues with the mobile desktop version of Google Maps. Linking to Google Maps via Internet Explorer on Windows phones would redirect users to the Google homepage. After Windows phones users made quite a ruckus, Google addressed the complaint, stating that Windows phones never had access to Google Maps via Internet Explorer because it had previously run tests on Windows phones and concluded that they didn't provide an optimal experience with Maps. The company then promised that they would remove the redirect. The accuracy of Google's statement is questionable, as readers of The Next Web reported that they previously had access to Google Maps via their Windows phones before they began being redirected to the Google homepage.

Now, Windows phones are apparently having more issues with YouTube. According to WPCentral, something has changed with Windows phones that now cause the YouTube site to prompt users to install the YouTube app. However, only third party applications exist for YouTube on Windows phones, which would no doubt confuse the ordinary user.

The problem only crops up for some Windows phones users. Those that have set Internet Explorer to 'Desktop' mode receive the prompting, while those on 'Mobile' mode don't. According to Windows phones users, something has changed in the configuration last week, as Windows phones users never experienced the prompting for app installation in the past.

The fact that this is happening so soon after the Maps controversy doesn't do Google any favors on the public relations front. In the past, Google has stated that the reason it has denied allowing Microsoft any access to the YouTube API is because "Windows phone users can access all the feature of YouTube through our HTML5-based mobile website, including viewing high-quality video streams, finding favorite videos, seeing video ratings, and searching for video categories. In fact, we’ve worked with Microsoft for several years to help build a great YouTube experience on Windows Phones."


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  • halcyon
    So if you avoid Windows phones you don't have these issues. Seems like an easy fix. ...there'salot of Android devices to choose from.
  • Cryio
    Why are the Google folks such d*icks as of recent?
  • SchizoFrog
    That isn't the point. People are buying WP8 devices for their own reasons and this behaviour can only be seen as anticompetitive as iOS has full access. Maybe they really are scared of MS's growing ecosystem and it's future development.
  • SchizoFrog
    The bCryioWhy are the Google folks such d*icks as of recent?The buzz has gone from Chrome, they can't get a full OS to compete with Windows finally developed and they are trying to hold on to whatever they can now. Being scared of losing something is the quickest way to lose...
  • virtualban
    CryioWhy are the Google folks such d*icks as of recent?Microsoft can get the standards and make app/browser/phone work themselves. Google is under no obligation to provide it.

    For example, how many times people at Tom's have desired for Steam to offer games in Linux? Is Steam to blame for the management decision when not providing it till late?
  • mman74
    CryioWhy are the Google folks such d*icks as of recent?
    What kind of post is that?

    I am going to make my own Phone OS tomorrow. I am going to use my own standards and protocols. If Google doesn't configure YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps to work off the bat on my system by noon tomorrow, I am going to throw all my toys out of my pram and call them d*icks.

    ... or I can grow up a bit.
  • contentsmayvary
    Conspiracy theorists, please read the article again. In particular:

    >>The problem only crops up for some Windows phones users. Those that have set Internet Explorer to 'Desktop' mode receive the prompting, while those on 'Mobile' mode don't.

    If Google wanted to scupper YouTube on Windows phones, that would be the other way around, yes?
  • maddad
    If you block all users except the ones that use Android, you might be legal. If you allow all users except Windows Phone users; probably not! Especially if you changed something specifically to deny them access.
  • contentsmayvary
    (Can't edit my message above, so...)

    On the other hand, according to the linked article:

    "The behavior is specific: head to and click any video. In the past, such an action would launch Internet Explorer’s HTML5 video player, allowing Windows Phone users to watch just about everything that was mobile (assuming it wasn’t a Flash-only video). Now on Windows Phone 8 devices we get prompted to install an app."
    Which seems the opposite what the article here says?
  • DjEaZy
    ... H8 ...