Google Launches YouTube App for iPhone and iPod Touch

Source: Google’s YouTube app for iOS | iTunes

A day prior to the much-awaited “iPhone 5” event, Google released a standalone YouTube app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. This would give users the access to the ubiquitous video sharing website. However, the application is not yet available for the iPad.

Google’s move is meant to maintain its presence within iOS, following Apple’s announcement last August that it will no longer be distributing YouTube as part of its pre-insalled apps on iDevices. As posted on the app’s iTunes page:

Watch the world’s videos and keep up with your favorite. YouTube channels with the official YouTube app for iOS. Sign in to access your subscriptions, playlists, uploads, and more.

Features: YouTube on iOS

The search engine giant added a number of features for its standalone YouTube app, which were borrowed from the native Android app and the mobile Web browser version. This includes new YouTube channel guide. Users can simply swipe their fingers from the left edge of the screen, and it will reveal a guide to their subscribed YouTube channels. This also gives iDevice owners an instant access to their favorite YouTube channels.

Additionally, the new YouTube on iOS adds more robust sharing options through Facebook, Google+, email, and many more. Users can even find awesome videos faster with the help of search suggestions. They can also sort through videos or channels and flip through related videos, comments, and many more while watching a video.

YouTube on iOS also has an expanded database of videos, which were not offered by its bare-boned version that is currently available in iOS 5. Its interface also went on redesign, making it more similar to what users see in the mobile Web browser client. However, it comes with fast gesture-based controls.

Other than the mentioned features, there are still a lot to explore on YouTube for iOS. Because the application was built by YouTube in-house, it is no longer subject to Apple’s restrictions. This means that ads are now fair game.

At the moment, YouTube for iOS is only available for iPhone and iPod Touch. However, Google added that it is working on an optimized version of the app for iPad, which will become available “in the coming months.” The app weighs in at 7.5 MB and can be downloaded from the App Store for free.

YouTube may no longer be a part of Apple’s upcoming mobile OS, but Google’s new standalone app still allows iPhone and iPod Touch users to watch online videos on the go.

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