New to hit the Windows Phone store this week is a new version of Surfy, the popular web browser for Windows Phone. Version 3.8 includes several new interesting updates, not least of which is the ability to share links by touching phones together. NFC (Near Field Communication) is used to transmit a link to another phone with a simple tap. This saves having to send your link via email or a status update if you just want to share a page with someone nearby. It’s a great time saver and pretty neat. What happens if the person doesn’t have Surfy? No problem, the phone immediately prompts to download Surfy from the Windows Phone Store. It’s an elegant solution to a common problem.
Along with NFC Link Sharing, version 3.8 brings some long awaited features including a find on page feature and password and login credential caching.
Voice command support has also been opened up to Spanish, Portuguese and Italian users. The voice commands in Surfy are the best on any browser in the Store and allow you to launch popular websites, or any of your favorites, by holding the Windows hardware button on your phone.
Surfy’s momentum of regular updates and innovative features has it on course to be the best browser for Windows Phone.
Surfy 3.8 include:
Share links via NFC
Save Passwords and Logins
Find on Page
Find the Free Windows Phone 8 app in the Windows Phone Store here.
Find the Paid Windows Phone 8 app in the Windows Phone Store here.
Lack of official full-fledged YouTube app for Windows Phone devices has led to lots of good 3rd party clients. We had the popular MetroTube YouTube client, and now we have got toib. This app features most of the YouTube related functions which an average user will look for it.
• Login to your YouTube account
• Live Tile support app tile and channels
• Browse YouTube videos
• Search YouTube videos
• Buffer support
Microsoft today updated their YouTube app for Windows Phone devices. Don’t get too excited, it is actually a downgrade. This new update completely removes the YouTube app Microsoft built and it now acts as a shortcut to YouTube’s website. This is an expected situation because both Microsoft and Google never reached a feasible solution when discussions took place over the past few months. Microsoft released its own fully featured YouTube app few months back for Windows Phone users. After few days of the release, Google fired back at Microsoft saying that Microsoft’s YouTube app that violates their Terms of Service. Microsoft then announced that they will be working with Google to fix the issue, but it never happened.
Microsoft publicly criticized Google’s evil nature with a long blog post. You can read it here. As a result of Google’s nature, millions of Windows Phone owners will experience a bad YouTube service on their devices.
Some Windows Phone users have been noticing odd behaviour recently when following YouTube links from their Windows Phones.
YouTube seems to be re-writing the URLs by adding ?nomobile=1 to them, causing them to fail with the above error screen.
I noticed this behaviour myself this morning when following links from the Media tab in Bing search, and oddly editing the URL in IE to remove the nomobile flag did allow IE to continue to the page and allow me to play the HTML5 version of the video.
Also oddly the behaviour persisted for the first 3 videos I tried, and then suddenly stopped and could then not be replicated (fortunately after I took the screen shot).
Are our readers running into the same strange behaviour? Let us know below.
On their Technet site David Howard, Microsoft Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, explained the story behind the blockage of Microsoft’s new YouTube app.
Howard revealed that Google demanded Microsoft write the app in HTM5, which in the end proved impossible, with Microsoft writing:
“…we dedicated significant engineering resources to examine the possibility. At the end of the day, experts from both companies recognized that building a YouTube app based on HTML5 would be technically difficult and time consuming, which is why we assume YouTube has not yet made the conversion for its iPhone and Android apps.”
Microsoft notes that neither the official iOS or Android apps were coded in HTML5, and we wonders if it is even possible to deliver a good experience using the technology. Facebook certainly found HTML5 was a waste of their development time in the end.
Microsoft also notes that they addressed all Google’s other issues, and this still resulted in Google blocking the app.
We think it’s clear that Google just doesn’t want Windows Phone users to have the same experience as Android and Apple users, and that their objections are nothing other than excuses. Nonetheless, we are committed to giving our users the experience they deserve, and are happy to work with Google to solve any legitimate concerns they may have. In the meantime, we once again request that Google stop blocking our YouTube app.
It is clear the battle between Microsoft and Google is set to continue for some time, but I think Microsoft’s end game- getting a court to force Google to open up access to their services on anti-trust grounds, still appears to be approaching very rapidly. We suggest Google spends some more time thinking about the bigger picture before acting next time.
Windows Phone 8 finally has an official YouTube app again, thanks to Microsoft’s efforts to write one.
With the new version, you cannot download videos and you have to watch video advertisements, but you can upload your own videos from your phone! The upload feature is a bit silly because you need WiFi AND you must plug in your phone, but at least it works.
The interface is functional, but can get laggy when trying to view and respond to comments on video pages. Watch the video above to see more info about the app!
Microsoft has released a new version of the official Windows Phone YouTube app, which they created in conjunction with Google.
We’ve released an updated YouTube app for Windows Phone that provides the great experience our consumers expect while addressing the concerns Google expressed in May, including the addition of ads. We appreciate Google’s support in ensuring that Windows Phones customers have a quality YouTube experience and look forward to continuing the collaboration.
The app features:
Pin videos, playlists, channels and search queries to the Start screen as Live Tiles
Manage your YouTube profile with your unique My YouTube page
Manage your playlists, uploads and video lists
Find channels, videos and playlists with the quick access search bar with new search suggestions
Share videos to social networks, e-mail and text messages
Help your kids view age appropriate videos in Kid’s Corner and keep their own profile
The app now also supports video uploads and direct streaming to YouTube.
Nokia has released an exclusive app called YouTube Upload for its Lumia Windows Phone devices. As the name suggests, it’s a simple YouTube uploader app. This app is not yet available for Lumias, I think we need Amber/GDR2 update to download and enjoy this app.
This app helps you to share your videos quickly and easily with your friends, and works for all videos shot on Nokia Lumia phones with Windows Phone 8. Simply select the video in the Photos app and share, or upload after capturing and trimming with the Nokia Video Trimmer through share option.
Share your video over Wi-Fi or a mobile data connection, but be sure to check your network operator’s data charges first.
Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.
You shouldn’t have to stop your YouTube videos just to read a couple comments.
myTube is designed to keep your video playing, no matter what. Read comments, check out a user’s channel, search for videos, and even change settings without ever missing a bit of your video; all the while running at a clean 60 frames per second. The result is one of the smoothest and most fun YouTube experiences you can get on your Windows Phone.
And with one of the most beautiful live tiles around, myTube is worth a shot. I think you’ll like it
WindowsPhoneDaily reports that YouTube appears to have rolled out video ads on their mobile website for Windows Phone.
The video ads appear before some videos and despite it being an HTML5 site the experience appears relatively smooth, with the video transitioning without major interruption from the ad to the actual video.
The ads have been present on iOS and Android for some time now, and I suspect Google is trying to add some substance to their claim that Microsoft deprived them of earnings by releasing their own YouTube app.
Have the ads been showing up for our readers? Let us know below.
The Verge reports that they have more details on the new YouTube app which will come from the agreement between Google and Microsoft to work together.
They reveal that Microsoft will have to use the usual IFRAME method to embed the videos, the same as any web page, which would ultimately give Google full control over whatever content is displayed at the other end.
The Verge notes this leaves Windows Phone users basically back at square one – with a YouTube app that is no better than visiting m.youtube.com.
I think we will have to see what final app is released, and depending on the result will only then be able to call this adventure a victory or defeat.