August 13, 2013 8:22pm
One of the debacles between Google and Microsoft was the YouTube app for Windows Phone. Back in May, Google sent a cease and desist letter to Microsoft requesting the app be removed from the Windows Phone Store because it violated YouTube API terms of service, specifically pre-roll ad support. The two companies have reportedly been working closely on fixing the issue and today the app is back in business, ready for the millions of Windows Phone users (WP7 and WP8) to start steaming Sharknado videos from their phone, including viewing a few more ads.
In a statement, Microsoft noted that “We’ve released an updated YouTube app for Windows Phone that provides the great experience our consumers expect while addressing the concerns Google expressed in May, including the addition of ads. Google’s support in ensuring that Windows Phones customers have a quality YouTube experience and look forward to continuing the collaboration.”
In addition to this fix, the app – which is at version 188.8.131.52 – now includes new features such as voice search and voice activation for hands-free use, plus the update brings the ability to access to playlists, easier video uploads, and the option to edit your YouTube account within the app.