Google again blocked YouTube application for Windows Phone

Published on August 15, 2013

Google again blocked YouTube application for Windows Phone

    Microsoft has released a statement titled “Google’s Open Boundaries.” The reason for the publication of this letter was the fact that Google again blocked access to YouTube for a mobile application for Windows Phone .

    The first time this happened three months ago, and the reason was numerous violations by Microsoft of the terms of use of the service. In particular, the mobile application cut ads from YouTube and provided direct links to users to download video files from YouTube.

    After the first block, Microsoft entered into negotiations with Google and promised to fix all violations. But Google has put forward yet another requirement: in addition to eliminating violations, the new mobile application must be written in HTML5.

    Now Microsoft has released a new version of the application, which two days later was blocked by Google.

    Microsoft explains that the requirement for HTML5 was initially strange, because neither the YouTube mobile app for iPhone, nor the same Android app are written in HTML5. “Nevertheless, we have allocated significant engineering resources to explore this possibility,” writes David Howard, vice president and deputy chief legal adviser at Microsoft. In the end, experts from both companies recognized that creating an HTML5-based application would be technically difficult and time consuming. We assume that’s why YouTube has not yet released such versions of applications for iPhone and Android. ”

    “For this reason, we decided this week to release a non-HTML5 version of the application, continuing our long-term collaboration with Google on the HTML5 application,” Howard writes. He believes that this provides users with the opportunity to watch YouTube videos in the short term and puts Windows Phone on an equal footing with Android and iOS devices, suggesting a gradual transition to new technology. Despite this, Google has decided to block the application again.

    Microsoft suggests that Google’s requirements were specifically designed so that Microsoft couldn’t fulfill them and that Windows Phone users didn’t get equal opportunities with Android and iOS users.

    The formal reason for the blocking is that the application does not always correctly display ads in accordance with the settings of the content owner. But Microsoft explains that the program uses all the metadata it receives from YouTube. The company asked Google to provide them with the metadata that is transmitted from YouTube to Android and iOS devices in order to copy the advertising display mechanism there, but Google refused to do so.

    In addition, Google reported a violation of the terms of use of the service, without specifying specific points that were violated, expressed dissatisfaction with Microsoft’s branding in the YouTube application and insufficient application performance.

    “We believe it is obvious that Google simply does not want to provide Windows Phone users with the same capabilities that Android and Apple have,” writes David Howard, “and that their objections are nothing but excuses. However, we’re happy to work with Google to meet any legal requirements. At the same time, we once again ask Google to stop blocking our YouTube application. ”