As published Wednesday on Microsoft’s blog, VP and Deputy General Counsel for the company, Dave Heiner stated that Microsoft has again been blocked by YouTube, meaning that the company’s smartphones will still have yet to access a full YouTube application, as it’s competitors, Android and iOS has available for their users.
The YouTube app is consistently one of the most downloaded and used apps on both Android and iOS platforms, so it’s no secret that the full-fledged app would easily thrive on Windows phones, as well. This ongoing issue has been placed into the public scope since 2010.
“Despite government scrutiny, Google continues to block Microsoft from offering its customers proper access to YouTube. This is an important issue because consumers value YouTube access on their phone,” wrote Heiner. “…just last month we learned from YouTube that senior executives at Google told them not to enable a first-class YouTube experience on Windows Phones.”
Right now, viewing YouTube on Microsoft phones are hardly as fruitful as on competitor’s devices. Where iOS and Android YouTube apps allow users features like searching for videos, favoring videos, rating videos and streaming playlists, the Microsoft version is simply just YouTube online, appearing to be a mobile version of the video-streaming website.