Well, they say that if something appears to good to be true, it usually is. So has been the case with the YouTube app on Windows Phone ever since it hit version 2.0. After all the ‘legal’ drama that ensnared the app in the last few weeks, we finally thought Microsoft and Google had come to an agreement when version 3.2.0 of the app was released in the Windows Phone Store a few days ago. However, soon after the app went live, users started complaining about the app being broken and giving errors. Turns out, Google is the culprit behind this, as it still feels that the app violates its terms of policy.
Google had indeed revoked the API key being used by Microsoft for the app. According to a Google spokesperson, “Microsoft has not made the browser upgrades necessary to enable a fully-featured YouTube experience, and has instead re-released a YouTube app that violates our Terms of Service. It has been disabled. We value our broad developer community and therefore ask everyone to adhere to the same guidelines.”
Micrsoft has responded to this by saying, “Google is blocking our updated YouTube app for Windows Phone. We are working with them to resolve the issue.”
We’re not sure now whether we’d be seeing a proper YouTube app on Windows Phone anytime soon. The ongoing tiff between the two companies is the turning out to be most annoying for the end consumer, who happens to find himself in a war between two companies that aren’t ready to budge.