Loving the new YouTube app for your Windows Phone 8 that just went live not too long ago? Well, don’t get too comfortable because it looks like Google wants Microsoft to remove it, immediately. According to documents obtained by The Verge, Google requested Microsoft to remove the full-fledged YouTube app from the Windows Phone Store because Google never approved it.
The app that went live just days ago blocks the ads we see on all other YouTube services and of course Google isn’t happy with that. Google has given Microsoft until 22 May 2013 to remove the app.
Microsoft soon responded with a statement saying that the company will be more than happy to include ads in the YouTube app on its platform, and wish for Google to provide them with the necessary APIs:
YouTube is consistently one of the top apps downloaded by smartphone users on all platforms, but Google has refused to work with us to develop an app on par with other platforms. Since we updated the YouTube app to ensure our mutual customers a similar YouTube experience, ratings and feedback have been overwhelmingly positive. We’d be more than happy to include advertising but need Google to provide us access to the necessary APIs. In light of Larry Page’s comments today calling for more interoperability and less negativity, we look forward to solving this matter together for our mutual customers.
I’d be bummed out if I were a Windows Phone 8 user, not from the fact that it will no longer be able to enjoy the YouTube app, but the fact that ads will be implemented in.