Oct 20 AT 5:59 PM Anthony Domanico 59 Comments

Google launches new version of Youtube application, now in Market for 2.2+ devices

The Youtube application has received both an update and a new method of delivery today, with Google launching their redesigned application onto the Android market. This move is not entirely unexpected, as Google has recently brought other core applications such as Gmail and Google search to the Android market, which allows users to customize their Android experience by deciding which applications they do/don’t want on their phone.

With this version update, the Youtube application brings pretty significant changes in both user interface and functionality. Upon launch, users are provided a personalized video feed based on their preferences as well as general popular videos. The new UI makes the application simpler to use, and adds easy access to take a video using Camcorder as well as video search on the main screen.

One of the bigger feature additions is the ability to view videos in portrait mode, allowing you to simultaneously watch videos on top as well as view information, user comments, and related videos below. The informational tabs can be changed with the swipe of a finger. Additionally, users can like/dislike videos or share them with your Facebook, Google Buzz, and Twitter friends while in landscape mode. You can also easily view and subscribe to channels from within the application.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of the changes Google has brought to the Youtube application, as Google has yet to formally announce the update. We will be sure to update this post once Google formally makes the announcement. If you have Android 2.2 (or 2.2.1), head over to the Android market and download the Youtube application to check it out for yourselves.

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Via: Droid-Life

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  • http://Website jgp1

    The youtube app is great but i cant believe that we can’t still comment on the app :(

  • http://Website tweak

    Great.. another application I can’t have. Curse android fragmentation!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://Website Dan


      where have I heard that before?…

      Oh yeah, from your preaching cult leader Steve Jobs.

      Anti-Google Rant > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUQVIqjkzD4

      • http://Website Daniel

        Steve Jobs? The “fragmentation” term has been used for over a year already.

        Name it however you want, the issue of devices not being updated (sometimes never at all) is very real, and a headache to both users and developers.

        • http://Website Jakob

          Don’t buy a sub-par android phone and you won’t have that problem. I have owned 4 android devices since the G1 came out, and “fragmentation” has never been an issue for me.

          • http://Website Daniel

            “Sub-par”? Even devices that are eventually updated, every single one of them takes too long. Plus many devices that were considered top-notch (like the Milestone) were abandoned.

    • krazytrixxxsta

      if that the case iphone have it own fragmentation too. the original iphone didnt get the newest ios update, neither did the iphone 3g. as for the iphone 3gs it only got a partial upgrade of the new ios.

      • http://Website Daniel

        Correction: only the original one didn’t get 4.x, and that’s after 3 full years of timely updates, no Android device lasted even half that yet. The 3G did, though without certain features (somewhat understandable, though, 128 MB must suck balls for multitasking, even the G1 had more RAM). The 3GS got everything its hardware can support.

  • http://www.gametrade.gr RooF

    I have Youtube app preinstalled in my htc desire. I cannot update via market. Is there a way to update it?

    • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

      unfortunately, i believe the desire is 2.1, and would thus not be eligible for the update.

      • SGB101

        The desire is now 2.2. i think tmob, was the last to update and that came about a month ago.

    • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

      If you’ve updated your desire to 2.2 and are having this problem, let me know and I’ll look into it for you.

    • http://Website JeppeJ

      You have to manually search for the Youtube-app on Market, you can’t update the one you already have. Search for “Youtube google inc” and you should find the right one (the one made by Google). Install it and it will replace the old youtube-app. As noted you need to have 2.2 on your Desire.

      • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

        You should also be able to scan the QR code above.

        • http://Website TobiasF

          Also, it should be noted that it at this point, it’s about 2 pages down on the search results if you just search on “YouTube”. That’ll change quickly, I’d imagine.

  • http://Website Marvin

    Videos just show Audio on first generation Phones like HTC Magic. It only shows video when I switch high Quality on. So no low Quality-mode for 3G-Viewing anymore ???

  • http://Website brian

    If you search for Youtube on the Market you can install it manually, assuming you have recived the 2.2 update. I have HTC’s own branded, contract free Desire and HTC have updated to 2.2.

    Hope that helps.

  • http://Website ktowncrawler

    video quality still sucks ass. using m.youtube.com in the browser has way better video quality.

    • http://asurroca.com asurroca

      Agreed. With 4G this and HSPA+ that, you’d think we’d be getting full HD YouTube videos from the app by now.

  • http://Website Rich

    Yeah fragmentation sucks, I have a Droid Eris on Verizon and I think the carriers should be forced by Google or someone to have to keep a phone updated for as long as a user is locked into their contract. With Verizon I can’t upgrade until 20 months after my purchase date, so Verizon should have to keep my phone updated until that time… Just my thoughts

  • http://Website Mark

    Great idea. Let’s update a core app so that people without said versions can’t access the new features. Thanks, Google. Just Thanks. -_-

    • http://Website Daniel

      I agree it’d be better if it ran at least on 2.1 (seriously, do they have any technical reason not to? I’d love it if the elaborated on the subject), but seriously, how is this any worse than what we had before? Beforehand, you’d have to wait until Android 2.3 (or whatever) came to your device, now at least once you get to 2.2 you’re safe from irresponsible carriers and manufacturers.

      So, while this is not the best possible situation, it’s still superior to what we had so far in every single aspect.

      • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

        I think the idea behind it is that it will allow more legacy phones to get a slimmed down 2.2 so that it will actually fit on phones like the G1, Mytouch, etc. Though i don’t think that will actually happen, it could work once you take apps2sd into account.

        Who knows what Google is thinking? :)

  • keridel

    what i dont understand is why do google keep making these programs without the 2.2 move 2 sd feature? my desire with its seemingly 3mb of internal memory cant take much more

    • http://Website Bobba

      Apps like these you don’t ever want to run off SD card. Probably why they didn’t give you the option.

      Things like games and other utilities that don’t require lots of internet streaming and caching to work on the fly would probably be just fine on SD. But I wouldn’t want to run You Tube, any browser, Google Maps, Google Voice or any such program off an SD card.

      • http://Website gad

        we need at least 1 gig memory not 512m.Its frustrating. My phone is completely full.Can’t download any more apps. How would android grow if we are restricted by memory.

    • http://Website Daniel

      I’d guess it’s because it replaces a system app.

  • William Furr

    I wonder if Google is steadily releasing a stream of these new 2.2+ only apps to encourage their hardware partners (ahem, SAMSUNG) to upgrade their devices in a timely fashion or face having unhappy customers. It could also be a ploy to get folks with older devices (CLIQ? G1?) to upgrade to a newer one.

  • http://Website William Furr

    I wonder if Google is steadily releasing a stream of these new 2.2+ only apps to encourage their hardware partners (ahem, SAMSUNG) to upgrade their devices in a timely fashion or face having unhappy customers. It could also be a ploy to get folks with older devices (CLIQ? G1?) to upgrade to a newer one. In other words, an anti-fragmentation strategy.

    • http://Website William Furr

      Sorry for the semi-duplicate. Feel free to delete the first comment.

  • http://Website Your son

    Why do you say 2.2 + .2.2 is the highest

    • http://Website Daniel

      AFAIK, the latest Nexus One build is officially called 2.2.1. Not sure about other devices.

    • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

      Yep, 2.2.1 is a minor update to 2.2, so technically it could go either way. Let’s just say Froyo only. :)

  • http://Website Nithin Jino

    Stop bring up fragmentation. It is not Google’s fault that the low end phones can’t handle android 2.x right or that the manufacturer is too damn lazy and money hungry to update.

    Anyway I love this in my original mytouch 3G (the 32B board with headphone jack.) since I got the 2.2.1 FRO-YO update and it has been rooted w/busy box. Now I won’t destroy my phone for about a week.

    P.S- Still cracks me up how the G1 has 2.2.1 (via custom rom) and the mytouch 3G has 2.2.1 (via custom rom or official ota) while phones like the cliq is still on f***ing 1.5.

  • http://Website Curt

    It freeze my g2! Reinstalled,uninstalled. Still problems!

  • http://Website jose

    Meh I wish Google just updated every android phone every generation like apple does..I understand not every phone will have the same features but at least keep it up to date so we can all be able to enjoy its goodness

  • http://Website ryan

    Great redesign! Bravo Google! Hope thnis a sign of things to come for gingerbread and beyond!

  • Gone

    Those who are complaining, should pick a skin free android phone next time they buy an android phone. Vanilla Android FTW!!!

  • http://twitter.com/rickyolivarez Ricky Olivares

    I love that it’s in the Market now but did they have to use such an ugly icon?? :(

  • http://Website Lw

    Sorry a bit off topic here guys, Just wondering if anyone can tell me how i can view the recently added videos from my subscriptions ? There used to be a “new videos” tag under subscriptions before the update. But now I can’t seem to find it. I can only see about 4 new videos from my subscriptions at a time in the Home page along with other recommended videos and most viewed videos. I found the subscriptions tab in “my channel” page, but it doesn’t show the new videos, just a list of my subscriptions . Thanks.

    • http://Website Hans

      That’s what I’m wondering as well. I’m used to looking for all the newest videos from my subscriptions every time I open the app. Now I can’t do that. :(

  • http://Website observ8

    i had the previous version of youtube app and connecting to the market i had no notification for updating the app
    what i did was searching in the market and downloading the new version of the app
    after installation (i had to logout from my account and login again)

    when I try reaching “Categories” I get the Http response [400] (htc desire user with froyo 2,2) , asking other ppl in twitter they have the same problem, i think that this is a serious bug

  • http://Website Julian

    I have a nexus one with 2.2 and when I download the apk from the market it gives me an “Installation of “Youtube” unsuccesful” everytime. Cleared the cache and data of the old app. I can’t delete the old apk from astro because I’m not root. Any help?

  • MitchRapp81

    if you guys constantly bitch about being on Android 1.6 or 2.1 … why didn’t you just buy a Nexus One?

    your mistake to buy some cheap verizon or t-mobile branded crap…… the original is always better.

    • http://Website Julian

      I bought the Nexus One and I’m one of the few that could not install the update. Irony?

    • http://Website Daniel

      Not everyone has (or even had) the opportunity to buy a Nexus One. Plus there are phones with more attractive specs to many, and finally there wasn’t a N1 in 2008 or 2009.

      Remember, the world isn’t just your country or your carrier.

  • http://Website zeldaboch

    N1 owner and i have same problem too… signature problem. some one can help in some way?

    • http://Website Daniel

      Are you using CM6? It has a problem with Market updates to system apps, look up on the forums for solutions.

      If not that, are you using modded apps (for example, a custom icon)? This will invariably change the app signature and block Market updates, you’ll have to restore the original app or manually overwrite the one you have.

  • MitchRapp81

    you have that problem when you:

    - Force delete the application (it comes with the Core of 2.2, so you will have to put the APK file back in your system folder before0
    - You froze the app using Titanium
    - You are using a ROM with another version of it.

    If you are Vanilla 2.2 (or 2.2.1 in my case) – even rooted – you just install it and it’s fine.
    If you had removed it, you have to put it back first, then update.

    I had the same problem when 2.2.1 came out – I could not install the update. I had to put the Amazon MP3 APK back in my system folder, then I could run the update…

    • http://Website Julian

      I didn’t remove the original apk, just trying to install the update via market and always gives me an “update unsuccesful”. I have 2.2 Froyo untouched.

      • http://Website ac

        I’m having the same problem on a non-rooted Nexus One running 2.2. Installation is unsuccessful, packgage file not signed correctly.

        My firmware is Vodafone UK branded (well, it doesn’t actually carry any branding at all but it is Vodafone firmware revision). I wonder if this is the cause?

  • http://Website zeldaboch

    i have tryed to reset the phone, without any good result.
    i’m still not able to install it in my N1 FRF91

  • MitchRapp81

    I would blame Vodaphone – it’s not the original Nexus One OS … it’s been modified by Vodaphone.

    • http://Website Julian

      The vodafone version and the vanilla are the same, there’s not even a vodafone icon or anything.

      • http://Website ac

        Not quite.

        Although functionally they’re no different, and there’s no branding, the Vodafone firmware has a different signature. The same reason we don’t get the Android updates when they’re released by Google and have to wait for Vodafone to ‘verify’ before we receive the OTA update (eg. 2.2.1).

  • http://Website BDroid

    Just installed the new YouTube app on my MT3G original and did a test upload and it works fine. Love the new Youtube APP. A+

  • http://Website Ben

    It won’t install on my N1. It says the file package was not signed correctly!

  • http://Website abhi

    cant see on market while i scan it. can any of u send me a link to the apk file please thanks

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