Today Google confirmed that it has blocked the new YouTube app for Windows Phone a day after it was released. Users reported issues regarding playback within the application. Those errors, it is now clear, were due to Google axing the application’s access to YouTube.
In a statement, YouTube blamed Microsoft for not building the app based on HTML5, and not fully supporting the necessary HTML5 standards in its mobile browser:
“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.”
A Microsoft spokesperson said that the company is working with YouTube to resolve the issue. However, that’s pretty much what Microsoft said it had done when it released the app earlier this week.
Microsoft had to rebuild its YouTube app after YouTube disabled API access for an earlier version back in May. At the time, one of the key issues was that Microsoft’s app didn’t display any ads. Now, ads are being displayed, but Microsoft didn’t follow YouTube’s lead to build the app in HTML5, which amongst other things apparently makes it more difficult to track these ads.
Google and Microsoft have been in a long spat this year, arguing over email and calendar syncing, mobile mapping access, YouTube on Windows Phone and more.