Last May, an updated Windows Phone YouTube app was taken down following objections from Google, and this week, having addressed Mountain View’s various concerns (er, most of them), the app was re-launched on the Windows Phone Marketplace.
However, the app has been “technically blocked” by Google, and Microsoft makes a bloody good case for the Android owners being, well, dicks.
The Windows Phone YouTube app circa May 2013 was removed in order to accommodate several modifications, namely the enabling of Google’s ads, disabling of video downloads, and removal of the ability to view reserved videos.
The latest Windows Phone YouTube app ticks each of those boxes, but the main sticking point appears to be HTML5.
See, Google insisted Microsoft’s YouTube app be built on HTML5, but M$ - figuring that that’d be “technically difficult and time consuming”, and noting that the Android and iOS equivalents aren’t HTML5-based – opted to ignore that particular stipulation.
Google is none too happy, asserting that Microsoft has violated the former’s “terms and conditions”.
There are a couple of other bizarre complaints from Google too, and it does appear to be acting a tad unreasonably. Of course, we’re only hearing Microsoft’s side of the story.
For more detail, I’ll hand you over to David Howard, Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Litigation & Antitrust at Microsoft (heck of a title, buddy). He’s written a fairly lengthy piece on the matter called The Limits of Google’s Openness (TechNet).