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Apple drops YouTube app in iOS6, Google to build native version

August 7, 2012
By Loh Ving Sung GooglePlus

07 August 2012 - After dropping Google Maps for iOS6, Apple is going to drop another staple from the search giant, namely the standard YouTube app. First to notice was 9to5Mac who reported that the latest beta version of iOS6 does not include the YouTube app, with Apple confirming its five-year license to include YouTube in iOS had expired.

Fret not, the Verge reports that YouTube will work in iOS' Safari web browser and confirms that Google is building a new standalone YouTube app that will be available in the App Store. And one that has to run through the stringent App Store approval gauntlet.

The reason behind the move in unclear, but it looks Apple is keen on kicking Google’s influence from its iOS platform to the curb. Perhaps it is same reason that influenced the iPhone maker to drop Google Maps as well. On Google’s end, it may signal the company’s intent to redesign the long stagnant Youtube app. Also, since Google is controlling the app, the search giant may be looking at pushing ads too.


Also if you are on iOS5 or older devices, Apple confirmed that the YouTube app would remain. But there is a question of compatibility – would the Google made iOS6 YouTube app work on older devices?  


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