Google Launches Native YouTube App for iPhone

As promised, Google has introduced a native YouTube app for iPhone. We had previously reported that Apple will be removing the dedicated YouTube app from iOS 6 which is due to be released in the near future. At the time, Google promised that a native iOS app was in the works. YouTube had previously been one of the built-in iOS apps since the original iPhone launch.

The app just appeared in the App Store as a free download:

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The YouTube blog outlines some of the new features:

- Tens of thousands more videos: Watch official music videos like Taylor’s latest hit.
- New YouTube channel guide: Swipe your finger from the left edge of the screen to reveal a guide with your subscribed channels on YouTube, giving you instant access to everything from Alli Sports to YOMYOMF.
- Find awesome videos faster: Get to videos like “Gangnam Style” faster with new search tools that give suggestions while you type, and let you sort through videos or channels. Flip through related videos, comments and more info, all while watching a video.
- More ways to share with the people you love: Share that incredible video you found on YouTube on Google+, Facebook or text message in the app, as well as from Twitter and email.

The app does not yet natively support the iPad, but the NY Times reports that a native iPad app is in the works.

In order to provide mobile users with the "tens of thousands" of new videos, the app now supports display of ads with videos. Previously, these videos were unavailable on iOS due to the previous lack of support for ads.

For the first time in a native iOS experience, YouTube will show pre-roll adds ahead of its mobile videos. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that with more monetization comes more content. Thanks to mobile ad capabilities baked into its own app, YouTube will unlock tens of thousands of music videos from VEVO and others that were not viewable on the old app.

YouTube is now available as a free download. [App Store]

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Top Rated Comments

Cod3rror Avatar
153 months ago
That is awesome!

This is the brilliance of modulated apps, Apple did the right thing removing the native app, let Google manage it and let it be independent of the OS, more apps should be like that(Newsstand for example)

This app is MUCH better than the Apple's YouTube app...

I like the UI.

I really like how you can play videos in portrait straight from the page, like you can in the Android app, I wish it had a scrubbing feature though when seeking video.

Also you can finally copy video link to clipboard. Without having to use the "send email" workaround.

Hopefully they release standalone Google Maps soon too.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ThE.MeSsEnGeR Avatar
153 months ago
Finally!

I just downloaded it... and it's amazing! fast, sleek, and very polished.
I can't wait for google to release their own Maps App, just for the sake of everyone shutting up.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iBreatheApple Avatar
153 months ago
Very nice, indeed! I was skeptical at first but am now extremely happy that development is in the hands of Google. And we can share directly via SMS now!
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WeegieMac Avatar
153 months ago
It's not a universal binary. LAME! Runs as iPhone size on my iPad :(

If you'd read the story you'd know that it's iPhone only at present and Google are working on the iPad native version.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
haruhiko Avatar
153 months ago
I just need Google Maps app for iPhone/iPad before upgrading to iOS 6 next week :(
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SoldOutMatinee Avatar
153 months ago
praise the lord!
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)