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Microsoft has talked up Windows Phone 8's app selection quite a bit lately, saying that 46 of the top 50 mobile apps will soon be on the platform and that 75,000 apps were added to the Windows Phone Store in 2012. Apps are again Microsoft's focus today, but this time the company is upset about one app that it doesn't have. A new blog post from Dave Heiner, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Microsoft, claims that Google is blocking a fully-featured YouTube app from being released on Windows Phone.

This is an issue that Microsoft has touched on in the past, claiming that Google has blocked Windows Phone from accessing YouTube using an app like on Android and iOS both in 2010 and in 2011. Heiner says that Microsoft been working with the YouTube team on this matter in recent years. However, he claims that Microsoft recently heard from YouTube that Google senior executives have told the YouTube group "not to enable a first-class YouTube experience on Windows Phones."

In a statement sent to AllThingsD, Google has said that Windows Phone users can easily access YouTube using the site's HTML5 mobile page through their browser on their device. The full comment from Google:

"Contrary to Microsoft’s claims, it’s easy for consumers to view YouTube videos on Windows phones.  Windows phone users can access all the features 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."

Both Android and iOS are currently home to nice-looking YouTube apps, but opening the YouTube app for Windows Phone simply brings up the site in a browser. While the accuracy of Microsoft's latest claims remains to be seen, it's kind of a bummer that Windows Phone users are without a nice YouTube app like their Android and iOS buddies. Hopefully that'll change at some point in the future, but until then, at least Windows Phone users have apps like MetroTube to satiate their on-the-go YouTube appetite. Are you Windows Phone folk upset that your YouTube app isn't similar to the ones on competing platforms?

Via Microsoft, AllThingsD


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Jason Wilde
Jason Wilde @zach cline something only a dumbass fanboy would say....
Kyle Mezrahi
Kyle Mezrahi I have MetroTube. Better than the YouTube app for iOS and even Android (except uploading videos of course).
Chris Robato
Chris Robato Tried Metrotube and it sucks. A lot of the functionality just isn't there.
Milan Drinic
Milan Drinic Metrotube working like a charm.
Zach Cline
Zach Cline
Mc Jason Luardo Laurete
Mc Jason Luardo Laurete Google must have felt that Windows Phone is an OS to be reckoned with.
Luis Robles Figueroa
Luis Robles Figueroa That is one of the reasons I don't get a Window phone the lack if support of apps. Specially the major ones like YouTube.
Matt Harrington
Matt Harrington Its a pain yes, but there are ways around it, metro tube for example is 3rd party and it is great, WP does lack many of the first party apps from the main players (google) but the 3rd party devs are truly skilled and amazing and keep pushing out more and more updates to make their apps just as good as any first party app. And google needs to remember they would not be anywhere without Microsoft. The majority of the world uses Windows on their PC and without the PC google wouldn't exist as we know it today, so please google don't be anti competitive, be fair.
Tariqul Decay
Tariqul Decay I have a Windows Phone. I like everything about except how nothing supports it.....Google.
Jonathan Onuluk
Jonathan Onuluk Yes but i'll only be happy when i'm back on android next year cannot come fast enough
Miguel Placencia
Miguel Placencia I agree with mike Wilson. metro tube is sooooo much nicer looking than the android and IOS app
Mike Wilson
Mike Wilson Actually, anyone using a Windows Phone had better be using MetroTube. Good God, that app is boss! Damn fine 3rd party Youtube app.
Jeffrey Dickson
Jeffrey Dickson Nah, Metrotube works just fine. Heck, it works an awful lot better than the official Youtube app worked on my iPhone.
Jamil Cooper
Jamil Cooper I don't feel left out.....i wish maps would work better.
Zach Cline
Zach Cline Yasir is a raging iFanboy
Jacky On
Jacky On Yasir is a good example of how company loyalty can blind you.
Yan Zhenghao
Yan Zhenghao And yeah, there's MetroTube. What's up with this post PhoneDog? I see fandroid sheeps having a great time bashing for no reason despite knowing that its Google's fault. http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/metrotube/8d93224f-2808-e011-9264-00237de2db9e #scroogled.
Yasir Sohail
Yasir Sohail Any idiot who has a windows phone deserves to get shafted by Google.
Yan Zhenghao
Yan Zhenghao Google sucks.
Anthony Bailey
Anthony Bailey Amie Lee... I had to post this article written by another (ignorant) iOS cheerleader a while back, when iTrolls kept insisting that Android was laggy and buggy—based on grossly outdated information—and while there is still plenty of bias in this review, the iOS lover blatantly stated that Android (Jelly Bean) has caught up to iOS and surpassed it. Perhaps devices running Anything other than Android 4.0 are still glitchy, but any Android device running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or higher, now has an OS that is on-par or exceeds Apple. Knowledge is power, boo. http://gizmodo.com/5933636/an-openly-biased-review-of-android-jelly-bean-by-an-iphone-lover
Jim Carlton
Jim Carlton Google and Apple - crybabies - won't play with others. I love my Windows phone.
Aaron Martell
Aaron Martell Google is turning into Apple.
Zach Cline
Zach Cline Google doesn't suck lol. And without them you wouldn't even have android Javier
Joshua Rodriguez Becker
Joshua Rodriguez Becker I've played with a Windows Phone- I was not at all impressed, but io each their own. I'm an IOS user, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Jacky On
Jacky On The only google service I use is YouTube and Google search. I just use Bing and MetroTube to take care of those, and I don't miss Google. I have Nokia maps for navigation and I don't use gmail.
Jacky On
Jacky On It's one thing to not develop for an OS. It's another to purposely make it so that none of your products work on that OS. That is what Google is doing with Windows Phone.
Christopher Manic Johnson
Christopher Manic Johnson If you look at the two major OSes, there really isn't any competition on the services side. Yes Apple has iCloud, and iTunes, but outside of that, Apple has not pushed a proprietary service that directly competes with Google. Remember, you have Android, and then you have Google services. Android is Google's way of pushing its services. Windows Phone, on the other hand is Microsoft's tool to pushing its services such as Outlook, Xbox, Bing, Office. These directly compete with Gmail, Google Play, Google Search, Drive, so on, and that's why Google isn't supporting its apps on Windows Phone. Now, YouTube is a bit different. I don't know why Google is blocking YouTube from Windows Phone, but, alas, that's competition for you.
Javier Segura
Javier Segura Google sucks and I own an android
Amie Lee Greenway
Amie Lee Greenway In conclusion, I believe Microsoft will get there in time. It will take awhile for programmers to jump on that bandwagon but they'll do it. I have no fear of them failing at smartphones.
Juwon Donte
Juwon Donte Meant to say who ever says..sorry lol
Jacob Favela
Jacob Favela Metrotube is better anyways
Jacob Favela
Jacob Favela Metrotube is better anyways
Zach Cline
Zach Cline The fanboyism does get stupid . I'm not biased either way , Ice had android , Then gone to the iPhone an vice - versa I've never had a windows phone device and probably wouldn't mind trying one out , But here again - The app support really isn't there, And that's really keeping people from switching to it .
Amie Lee Greenway
Amie Lee Greenway Android is great I'm certainly not biased. I'm happy for you if you have an Android handset and it's never crashed. I don't know where y'all get your statistics but iOS is proven to be smoother which is something that I believe is important. I don't care if you're a WP8 or Android or iOS user. Let's all live together in peace and quit fighting over something this dumb.
Ayoub Hage
Ayoub Hage 2 reasons why I'm selling my lumia 920.1 Facebook is crap.2 YouTube is crap
Amie Lee Greenway
Amie Lee Greenway Brandon tell that to my old Droid Razr who couldn't even handle an ICS update. Whole system crashed, unusable. I've had my iPhone 5 since it came out never had an issue. Maybe you should keep an open mind and quit being an Android fanboy.
Joseph W Rodgers
Joseph W Rodgers Enjoy the live tiles, enjoy the marketplace, and everything else about Windows phone 8. The operating system just needs more. Either way android and ios users are not light years ahead by any means. It just depends on where Microsoft really wants to go with this.......we shall see....
Zach Cline
Zach Cline I'm tired of iSlaves saying android is glitchy . Gingerbread and froyo might have been sure, But ICS and jellybean aren't . I switched back to android from the iPhone 4S just because iOS 6 is so damn buggy , Well and it sucks lol.
Dominic Jessup Reid
Dominic Jessup Reid I can believe it
Jeremy Davenport
Jeremy Davenport I have them all iOS android and windows . Android and iOS is great. iOS smoother feel . Android slow cache hogger. But a lot of apps. Windows is smooth
Juwon Donte
Juwon Donte Who is says iPhones are glitch free is lying I've had an iPhone 4 4s and 5 which glitched over time..every phone will glitch no matter the operating system
Brandon Cromer
Brandon Cromer Amie, it's been proven that Android crashes less than iOS, looks like you're using the wrong OS.
Justin Batalla
Justin Batalla Windows Phone has potential, but their app market, I think, is ultimately what is setting consumers back a step into Android or iOS. They buy Android and iOS enable devices knowing that they're going to get the best of the new applications along with their friends but unfortunately isn't present in Win8. I personally like the devices on Win8, Nokia Lumia 920, HTC 8X, the Nokia Lumia 820 is okay, but for me the App Market size matters.
Ian Ware
Ian Ware I don't mind. They just need a better Facebook app. On another note, why is every post an excuse for elitist assholes to bash people who like different operating systems than them? Some of us don't prefer android. Get over it. It's all opinion.
Edgar Emanuel Rivera Rojas
Edgar Emanuel Rivera Rojas Google sucks,Microsoft rules
Juwon Donte
Juwon Donte Poor windows phone can't ever seem to catch a break lol
Juwon Donte
Juwon Donte People who says Google sucks must own a windows phone lol
Amie Lee Greenway
Amie Lee Greenway Love**
Anthony Ruiz
Anthony Ruiz Honestly, I like the idea of windows phone but, there is little to no comparison Android and iOS are way ahead of windows.
Amie Lee Greenway
Amie Lee Greenway Y'all need to quit hatin' on iPhone users. We can't help it if we live a smooth, glich-free OS.
Amie Lee Greenway
Amie Lee Greenway I love Windows but seriously they need to get a grip. This is why I use iOS.
John-Mark Christmas
John-Mark Christmas Yes Zach, I was sort of quoting them.
Anthony Bailey
Anthony Bailey I guess Google is trying to make it clear that Windows Phone users are only two notches above "stupid" and iPhone users.
Jay LifesGreat Coote
Jay LifesGreat Coote :poop: :poop: :poop: :poop: :poop: :poop: :poop: :poop: :poop: :poop: :poop: :poop:
Jay LifesGreat Coote
Jay LifesGreat Coote windows phones suck thats why.
Leo Alexandrov
Leo Alexandrov Google sucks? Google has all the other companies by the balls. If google were to stop developing for other devices, those companies would die. In fact they would sue google for creating a monopoly because that's how much they want google applications. So please.
Zach Cline
Zach Cline That's pretty much what google said about it john. Google basically said its not really worth the effort to bring over their apps to windows phone 8 since the customer base really isn't there .
Michelle Perez
Michelle Perez Viewing no, uploading and managing my channel yes. One of the reasons why I am reluctantly going back to Android. Shame though because WP8 really is a beautiful and smooth OS.
Cristian Tomasito
Cristian Tomasito I wish Microsoft would block google from There PCS and laptops and IE. Fight fire with fire see how they like it.
John-Mark Christmas
John-Mark Christmas Being childish has nothing to do with it.
Anthony Evans Jr
Anthony Evans Jr since google owns youtube they can do what they want with it.
John-Mark Christmas
John-Mark Christmas Its a waste of time and resources going to a limited market.
Sebastiaan Van Den Berg
Sebastiaan Van Den Berg There has to be a third party app for youtube on WP anyway, because Native youtube apps suck anyway..
Carl Joseph Bialorucki
Carl Joseph Bialorucki Google is sooo GD childish...Just let us use your services on whatever device we want to use. In the end, the consumer only suffers...
Brandon Cromer
Brandon Cromer Get more Windows Phone users, then Google will give it a chance. Why would they support an OS that hardly anyone uses?
Randall Cloud
Randall Cloud Meh, I haven't really noticed a problem with anything youtube related, but then again, I don't really use youtube all that often, only clicking to play videos that I find on other websites.
Calvin Phann
Calvin Phann Google sucks ? without google you wouldn't have google map,gmail,Youtbe, or even Android phones. @aleksander
Joe Morales
Joe Morales Where is the EU when Google becomes the bully?
Aleksandar Sataric
Aleksandar Sataric Google sucks! Microsoft's products are way better than Google's crap :D
Sebastiaan Van Den Berg
Sebastiaan Van Den Berg windows phone users dont matter...




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