Google is blocking new YouTube app for Windows Phone |

Google is blocking new YouTube app for Windows PhoneEarly this week, Microsoft released an updated version of its YouTube app for Windows Phone, and two days later the app gets unexplained errors. It was assumed that the app had the approval of Google, because the two companies had supposedly been working together on this new app. It seems things didn’t work out with the two tech giants since today Google has confirmed that it is once again blocking the YouTube app for Windows Phone, as noted by Tom Warren at The Verge on August 15.

Google’s spokesman said, “We’re committed to providing users and creators with a great and consistent YouTube experience across devices, and we’ve been working with Microsoft to build a fully featured YouTube for Windows Phone app, based on HTML5. Unfortunately, Microsoft has not made the browser upgrades necessary to enable a fully-featured YouTube experience, and has instead re-released a YouTube app that violates our Terms of Service. It has been disabled. We value our broad developer community and therefore ask everyone to adhere to the same guidelines.”

Google is blocking new YouTube app for Windows Phone

Microsoft on the other side responded, via a statement from a Microsoft spokesperson;

“Google is blocking our updated YouTube app for Windows Phone. We are working with them to resolve the issue.”

I just don’t get it; why Microsoft could have been working with Google all this time and then in the end, Microsoft all over sudden wants to part ways with Google. Who is fooling who, is it Google for blocking the YouTube app for windows or Microsoft for releasing an app that doesn’t meet Google’s requirements. We, don’t have the power to judge, but just leave it to the two parties to find a common ground by themselves.

Google was had claiming that it won’t build for WP until there are more users, but Microsoft is the one building this YouTube app, so all Google has to do is guide Microsoft’s team. But, Microsoft’s team has to show good faith and not continually release apps that violate Google’s Terms of Service. 

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