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Coming one day before Apple is expected to announce a next-generation iPhone running iOS 6, which will no longer include a built-in version of YouTube, Google on Tuesday rolled out a standalone version of the app giving iPhone and iPod touch users access to the ubiquitous online video sharing portal. Apple's iPad is not yet supported.

The move is meant to maintain Google's presence in iOS after Apple announced in August that it would no longer be distributing YouTube as part of the base set of apps pre-installed on iDevices.

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Google added a number of features borrowed from both the native Android app and the mobile web browser version, including a YouTube channel guide and more robust sharing options through Facebook, Google+, email and more.

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Search results have also been expanded to include "tens of thousands more videos" not offered by the comparatively bare-boned app currently shipping with iOS 5. The app's interface has also changed, being more akin to what see in the mobile web browser client, except with fast gesture-based controls.

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Because the new app is built in-house by YouTube, it is no longer subject to Apple-enforced restrictions, meaning ads are now fair game.

As of this writing, the YouTube app is built for iPhone and iPod touch, though Google said it is working on a version optimized for the iPad to be released "in the coming months."

Google's new YouTube app weighs in at 7.5 MB and can be found in the App Store as a free download.
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w00t... this is a good thing!  Thank you goog, even though you are generally evil.

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The HTML 5 version is better anyway.
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it doesn't play in the background! basic shit.
 

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That's the beautiful thing about the new app... you CAN actually delete it!

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The Apple version wasn't perfect but there was so much right about it. This is just terrible! It looks horrible on the iPad as well. Between this and the lack of street view it's enough not to make me want to download ios6!!
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The Apple version wasn't perfect but there was so much right about it. This is just terrible! It looks horrible on the iPad as well. Between this and the lack of street view it's enough not to make me want to download ios6!!

Ya- no street view sucks. But have you tried this YouTube app? I like it better- more features for sure. I always found the apple version a little too limited.

I wish most apps were deletable and redownloadable. What I would give to delete newsstand.....

More options and a little more custom ability is a good thing. You'll get your street view with a google maps app. And guess what- it'll have more features than the map app has now.

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I refuse to install any more Google related items after I found out Google has patented a way to let all online vendors know if you would pay up to four times more for a product then the next guy.


Basically Google is now using their intimate knowledge of each and every Google user and what we may need or want against us.

http://search.slashdot.org/story/12/09/06/1738235/google-patents-profit-maximizing-dynamic-pricing

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This is the ultimate in a disturbing pattern of evil from those who saw no problem with ripping off their friend and associate Steve Jobs. Now they are ripping off all former loyal Google fans too.

For many of us, enough is enough! We do not care if Google goes out of business tomorrow.
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Ya- no street view sucks. But have you tried this YouTube app? I like it better- more features for sure. I always found the apple version a little too limited.
I wish most apps were deletable and redownloadable. What I would give to delete newsstand.....
More options and a little more custom ability is a good thing. You'll get your street view with a google maps app. And guess what- it'll have more features than the map app has now.

That's quite funny, because that's the thing I hate about the app! It's too limited. Where's the history section? I shouldn't have to re-search a video if I watched another one. It's also lacking the percentage, which is good if you're looking for a clip, there's a few and can help you choose between a dud or not

Though I agree that it's good to have a deleteable app and yes, I think everyone would like to delete newsstand! Fingers crossed Google releases a Map ASAP
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I refuse to install any more Google related items after I found out Google has patented a way to let all online vendors know if you would pay up to four times more for a product then the next guy.

 

You have a pathetically bad understanding of what that patent is about. You may want to read it for yourself instead of pointing to a link on slashdot that didn't seem to understand it either.

 

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The Apple version wasn't perfect but there was so much right about it. This is just terrible! It looks horrible on the iPad as well. Between this and the lack of street view it's enough not to make me want to download ios6!!

Well they are still working on the dedicated iPad app.
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May as well try this app; it doesn't cost anything. I'm sure that History and other features will be added eventually.

 

Street View will make its way back to iOS 6 in a seperate Google app. Meanwhile, you have the superior vector-based 3D overhead view of Apple's native Maps app.

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Installed it and the first thing my wife said was "It looks like Facebook."

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Wow, Google fails to deliver web proxy and authentication support again. Plus it's not even a Universal app. Who have they got doing this development!?! Major amateur.
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... It looks horrible on the iPad as well. ...

 

Tell me how this is a valid point since an iPad version is not even available yet and was specifically pointed out in the article?

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I refuse to install any more Google related items after I found out Google has patented a way to let all online vendors know if you would pay up to four times more for a product then the next guy.
Basically Google is now using their intimate knowledge of each and every Google user and what we may need or want against us.
http://search.slashdot.org/story/12/09/06/1738235/google-patents-profit-maximizing-dynamic-pricing
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8312/7940635514_2d1a02ec6b_z.jpg
This is the ultimate in a disturbing pattern of evil from those who saw no problem with ripping off their friend and associate Steve Jobs. Now they are ripping off all former loyal Google fans too.
For many of us, enough is enough! We do not care if Google goes out of business tomorrow.

And Apple patented a way to disable your phone at "police request" or whatever,,,,therefore what?
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Any idea when iOS 6 will actually roll out?  I'm sure they'll let us know tomorrow.. I'm hoping soon... like tomorrow! 

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Any idea when iOS 6 will actually roll out?  I'm sure they'll let us know tomorrow.. I'm hoping soon... like tomorrow! 

hasn't the usual rollout been within a week of the next iPhone announcement?
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Tell me how this is a valid point since an iPad version is not even available yet and was specifically pointed out in the article?

Because of the fact that there isn't an iPad version. If the iOS 6 is being launched soon minus YouTube and there's no iPad version then the only way to have a YouTube app is to have the iPhone version, which looks terrible on the iPad... So yeah, it sort of is a valid point.
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Me too. Downloaded. Tried it.  Immediately deleted.  

 

This thing is crap.  It's a very mundane, unoriginal design for starters.  Worst of all is the giant "sign in" bar across the top of the screen which is unremovable (unless you sign in).  

 

Google doesn't want to give you an app to watch YouTube, it wants to give you an app so it can see what you are watching on YouTube.  So if you don't sign in and link all this crap to Google Plus, you have to look at this giant blank bar across the top of your screen the whole time you are using the app.  Very easy to make the "mistake" of tapping on it too as it's so freaking big!.  

 

The ironic thing here is that this is essentially the same technique used by the "banner ad."  The very thing that Google has supposedly been dead set against all these years.  They have come full circle now by putting one of these sign-in banners on pretty much all of their properties now.  

 

I'm only surprised it doesn't blink. 

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Well I can't say I really ever used the YouTube App on my phone or iPad, I know it will be missed terribly on the Apple TV should it be deleted from that OS.  So for me (and many others i presume) it will not be missed.  Generally, the only times i've used the YouTube app on my iPhone or iPad is when there is a link to a video via the web or via an email.  Then it just opens in the dedicated App.  Otherwise I never really launched the app from my home screen.  Now, If Apple decides the Apple TV OS no-longer needs YouTube, I think they are going to piss-off a LOT of people.  Now something tells me they won't remove it from the ATV at least until you can actually download apps for the ATV, which I think might actually happen next year at the earliest.

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Yeah, I can't wait to get the same pre-roll ads that the Android app users are already seeing.    /sarcasm

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Google doesn't want to give you an app to watch YouTube, it wants to give you an app so it can see what you are watching on YouTube.  So if you don't sign in and link all this crap to Google Plus, you have to look at this giant blank bar across the top of your screen the whole time you are using the app.  Very easy to make the "mistake" of tapping on it too as it's so freaking big!.  

The ironic thing here is that this is essentially the same technique used by the "banner ad."  The very thing that Google has supposedly been dead set against all these years.  They have come full circle now by putting one of these sign-in banners on pretty much all of their properties now.  

I'm only surprised it doesn't blink. 

 

Linking to Google+ is not required, and neither is so much hyperbolic paranoia. Having a company know which videos they themselves are serving me is some of the least consequential personal information ever. Is Google somehow able to deduce your social security number from your video view history?

 

Yes, this app is intended for people with accounts. It shouldn't get in your way otherwise, because YouTube is no longer tied to iOS; video links from other apps will launch in Safari.

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Because of the fact that there isn't an iPad version. If the iOS 6 is being launched soon minus YouTube and there's no iPad version then the only way to have a YouTube app is to have the iPhone version, which looks terrible on the iPad... So yeah, it sort of is a valid point.

 

So then, don't update until there is one.  It isn't like the iPad will stop working if it isn't upgraded.

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I'm only surprised it doesn't blink. 

 

Actually, I'm seeing a bug where a white bar a few pixels high is getting inserted and removed right at the top of the app, which makes they app's screen jittery in portrait mode as it jumps up and down the distance of those pixels.  Seems to be related to using the button to switch to and from full screen mode.

 

Typical Google fit and finish, I guess.  I'm surprised it doesn't say "BETA" on it somewhere (which it obviously is).

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Pass. Google is off my iPhone and out of my life in a couple of weeks.

 

 

 
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Linking to Google+ is not required, and neither is so much hyperbolic paranoia. Having a company know which videos they themselves are serving me is some of the least consequential personal information ever. Is Google somehow able to deduce your social security number from your video view history?

 

Yes, this app is intended for people with accounts. It shouldn't get in your way otherwise, because YouTube is no longer tied to iOS; video links from other apps will launch in Safari.

I agree. Viewer's history has been an element in any model of business where user's choice exists. Netflix does the same thing... 

 

Forget about third party apps, Genius Recommendations is based on what users listen to frequently and what they have in their library... Oh.. spooky, they know what I listen to... So funny.... Of course iTunes should be able to know what I like and interested in.

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Linking to Google+ is not required, and neither is so much hyperbolic paranoia. Having a company know which videos they themselves are serving me is some of the least consequential personal information ever. Is Google somehow able to deduce your social security number from your video view history?

 

Yes, this app is intended for people with accounts. It shouldn't get in your way otherwise, because YouTube is no longer tied to iOS; video links from other apps will launch in Safari.

 

Lame defence.  What this app does is what *all* of Google's properties do now which is pester you constantly to log in, (they sometimes even lie to you about the consequences of *not* logging in), so that all the users of all it's apps feed information directly to the database.  

 

The purpose is to monetise *you*.  It's not a secret, and anyone who actually believes that claptrap about the reason being "to provide you with a better user experience," is just an idiot.  Suggestions about what to watch etc. are handy for some but are really just side-effects of the main purpose which is to track everything you see and do, every email you write, etc. 

 

Google is an "anti-consumer" company that doesn't give a shit about you or your "user experience."  They just want to sell *you* and your information to the advertisers.  If you are okay with that fine, most intelligent people are not.  

 

I don't understand why anyone would choose to be "customers" of Google, knowing that Google's true customer is the advertisers and that they are just selling your information down the river, when you could instead choose to be customers of Apple (real customers that is), who will give you the same services and yet treat all your personal information like it's sacrosanct and put it in a vault so the advertisers actually can't get at it.  

 

It's like crazy town, or topsy-turvy land to defend Google on these practices. Left is right, Black is white, etc. 

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Actually, I'm seeing a bug where a white bar a few pixels high is getting inserted and removed right at the top of the app, which makes they app's screen jittery in portrait mode as it jumps up and down the distance of those pixels.  Seems to be related to using the button to switch to and from full screen mode.

 

Typical Google fit and finish, I guess.  I'm surprised it doesn't say "BETA" on it somewhere (which it obviously is).

I've heard that this app has a lot of advertisements in it too, so maybe this "bug" is a placeholder for a banner advert. 

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Why WOULDN'T I want relevant ads that actually appeal to me instead of a crap shoot of random ads for products I will never use or buy?

Google's evil here...

Apple's evil on Android sites...

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This is just terrible! It looks horrible on the iPad as well.
 

 

That's because the iPad version hasn't yet been released... as per the above article.

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I don't understand why anyone would choose to be "customers" of Google, knowing that Google's true customer is the advertisers and that they are just selling your information down the river, when you could instead choose to be customers of Apple (real customers that is), who will give you the same services and yet treat all your personal information like it's sacrosanct and put it in a vault so the advertisers actually can't get at it.  

 

Weird, did I miss the announcement of Apple's competitor/copycat service to YouTube?

 

And I suppose you missed the point where Apple OWNS an advertising company.  You think your information isn't getting sold down the river by Apple too?

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Google is an "anti-consumer" company that doesn't give a shit about you or your "user experience."  They just want to sell *you* and your information to the advertisers.  If you are okay with that fine, most intelligent people are not.  

 

But, but, but... Google Luuuuves the consumer. They will feed you full of free shit, keep you all warm and fuzzy, and then when you least expect it, Google will cut your throat and feed you to their real customers; the advertisers.

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That's quite funny, because that's the thing I hate about the app! It's too limited. Where's the history section? I shouldn't have to re-search a video if I watched another one. It's also lacking the percentage, which is good if you're looking for a clip, there's a few and can help you choose between a dud or not
Though I agree that it's good to have a deleteable app and yes, I think everyone would like to delete newsstand! Fingers crossed Google releases a Map ASAP

 

History is still there, but it's unfortunately tucked away in a not-so-obvious spot. First, make sure you're logged in. Then, hit the top left menu button, and tap on your account. You'll see 'history' in that list. Keep in mind that this history is synced with your account, and will be available on all your devices. Now, I can watch a video on the phone, and have it available in my history list on my tablet or the website. Of course, you can clear it out with one tap like before.

 

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Pass. Google is off my iPhone and out of my life in a couple of weeks.

 

 

 

 

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Weird, did I miss the announcement of Apple's competitor/copycat service to YouTube?

 

And I suppose you missed the point where Apple OWNS an advertising company.  You think your information isn't getting sold down the river by Apple too?

 

Obviously the services offered are not *exactly* the same, especially as this is a developing story and Apple is only halfway through the process of eliminating Google services from iOS.  They do however own an advertising company.  

 

If Apple was in fact "selling on" the information their customers give them it would be a scandal of epic proportions given that they have sworn not to and it says right in those click through agreements we all sign that they won't.  They would be open to civil prosecution on a massive scale if it turns out they have done this at the very least.  Perhaps even criminal prosecution from the Feds in the USA.  They would also be kicked out of Europe.  

 

I'm thinking you are just some little kid who thinks he's being smart.  

You don't actually have any evidence of Apple breaking their agreements in this way do you?

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Why WOULDN'T I want relevant ads that actually appeal to me instead of a crap shoot of random ads for products I will never use or buy?

 

Why would you want ads at all?  Only fools actually like, and want advertisements.  

 

Also, what makes you think they are only going to show you the stuff that's relevant to you anyway?  They are going to show you an advert every time regardless of whether it "fits" with you lifestyle or whatever.  

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If Apple was in fact "selling on" the information their customers give them it would be a scandal of epic proportions given that they have sworn not to and it says right in those click through agreements we all sign that they won't.  They would be open to civil prosecution on a massive scale if it turns out they have done this at the very least.  Perhaps even criminal prosecution from the Feds in the USA.  They would also be kicked out of Europe.  

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