Developers can now use Metrotube's player with app-to-app communication in latest update
The developer of Metrotube, Lazyworm has released an update for its popular Windows Phone YouTube app. So what's new in this latest release? Lazyworm has opened it up for other Windows Phone 8 developers to utilise URI app-to-app communication and automatically launch Metrotube's player from within their own apps.
Should you click a video link in a third-party app, which uses Metrotube for said player functionality, you'll be transferred to Metrotube automatically where the media will be displayed. It's a handy feature to implement to further enhance the user experience. This will take place within our very own Windows Phone Central app (using Metrotube), so you'll be able to see just how cool this is.
As well as opening up this functionality for developers, the 220.127.116.11 update also addresses numerous minor bugs and usability concerns that users have reported. We've got some news for the future too as Lazyworm is currently working on a UI refresh, so be sure to look out for a major overhaul in the future. We'll keep you all updated on progress and when the next update should hit the store.
If you're not familiar with Metrotube, it's one of many unofficial YouTube apps for the Windows Phone platform. Numerous features are sported by the app, including offline playback (preloading) and account management. Once logged in, users can check out playlists, favourites, videos marked for later viewing and more. There are a number of apps available that share similar functionality, including Microsoft's own official attempt.
You can download Metrotube from the Windows Phone Store for $0.99 (listed for both Windows Phone 7 and 8 -free trial available). A beta is also available on Windows 8, if you're interested. Developers, be sure to head on over to the Lazyworm website for more details on how to implement Metrotube support.
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
How about Microsoft gets serious about this major lack and give to the OS a true Program Default manager with Windows Phone Blue? The way the situation goes, we going to end up will all major apps in our device just to sit there unable to handle their own links and files.
Should be easy.
YouTube or MetroTube for example. I may get a link via email or chat, I may have a link on Evernote/Onenote, or the YouTube video may be embedded in a website. In any case once I click on that link the OS should detect and ask what App I want to use for this device, with options to remember this choice or ask again every time. Same should apply for all kind of links and file types. Currently ALL links no matter what are opening in IE any other file type open with WP pre-set default program.
Settings>Default Programs would be good.
Do I have to BUY it now?
At least is not an expensive app. LazyWorm can count on this as a gift from me to them. ;)
EDIT: While the friendly support personel could not help me with the issue directly (metrotube seems to have been completely wiped from my purchase history), he asked me to buy it again and be reimbursed by MS points. Since I own an xbox that was fine for me. It's not about the 99cents, I could have simply purchased it again and shut up about it, it's about making MS aware of these issues since they pop up every few months. The support technician also said he's going to escalate this issue so hopefully it will be looked into.
I used the chat bring up the issue, and they told me to purchase it and they will refund to me credit card right away. All in less than 5 minutes.
50% download, then "Needs attention" and error code as above.