Google to Microsoft: Remove your YouTube App from the Windows Phone Store [Update]
Last week the official YouTube app for Windows Phone received a major overhaul. Version 3.0 of the app brought some awesome Windows Phone 8 features like the ability to play under Lockscreen, download videos for offline play, pinnable channels and more. It went from web-wrapper to awesome with the recent update. Google now wants the app removed from the Store for violating YouTube’s API and Terms of Service.
Francisco Varela, YouTube’s Director for Global Platform Partnerships, sent a letter to Todd Brix. The latter (attached/linked below) asks for Microsoft to remove the YouTube app from the Store by Wednesday, May 22. Not just remove the app, but also disable existing downloads of the app. Aka, the “kill switch”, which (as far as we can remember) has only been used once before.
Here are three strikes against Microsoft according to Google.
- Allows users to download videos from YouTube
- Prevents the display of advertisements in YouTube video playbacks
- Plays videos that our partners have restricted from playback on certain platforms (e.g., mobile devices with limited feature sets)
Here’s a choice quote from Varela specifically about removing ads from YouTube videos:
It’s understandable for Google to be upset at Microsoft for circumventing their ad revenue, but it would be nice for the two tech giants to play nice eventually. This isn’t the first time Windows Phone users have been shafted by the Mountain View company not willing to develop for the platform. We could list a dozen other examples, but the today we’re focused on YouTube. Earlier this year we learned that Microsoft has put the ball squarely in Google’s court to give a decent YouTube experience on Windows Phone.
Update: Microsoft is sending out a standard PR response on the matter, tossing the ball back into Google's court:
You can view the letter right here.
Source: The Verge
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