Microsoft has responded to Google’s hissy fit over the Redmond company’s updated YouTube app, calling its reasons for blocking the app “manufactured.” Earlier today, Google blocked Microsoft’s YouTube app because it apparently violated the search giant’s Terms of Service. Microsoft, understandably, isn’t too happy, and says Google is purposely blocking Windows Phone users from having the app.
Microsoft’s current YouTube app is based on HTML5, a transition Google specifically asked Microsoft to make. The iOS and Android equivalents are not, and Microsoft has made it clear it wants its own YouTube app to be on par with the competing platforms. But that’s not possible, according to Microsoft’s David Howard, who says Google’s openness is limited and claims the limitations of Windows Phone prevents the Redmond company from creating a proper HTML5 version.
“It seems to [Microsoft] that Google’s reason for blocking our app are manufactured so that we can’t give our users the same experience Android and iPhone users are getting,” Howard said. “The roadblocks Google has set up are impossible to overcome, and they know it.”
The situation has been going on for some time now, coming to a head when Google requested Microsoft remove the app from its store. Both companies eventually agreed to work on a new version, though Google obviously didn’t like what it saw, and slapped a takedown notice on the most recent version of the YouTube app. According to Howard, Microsoft has asked Google exactly how to get all of its ducks in a row, but Google isn’t playing ball.
Two of the biggest companies can’t agree on a simple app, and that’s very sad for Windows Phone users. Folks could always go to the mobile site, but many people prefer the more refined app experience. Howard publicly asks Google to stop blocking its YouTube app; now it’s time for Google to respond with a statement of its own. Hopefully it’ll be something positive toward a final solution.