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Hands on with Google's YouTube iPhone app

Lex Friedman, Dan Moren | Sept. 12, 2012
Early Tuesday, Google unveiled a new, standalone YouTube app for the iPhone and iPod touch. The launch comes ahead of Apple’s release of iOS 6, which will no longer ship with a native YouTube app.

In search results, you can choose to view either individual videos or channels that match what youre looking for; for further refinement, tap the gear icon on the right side, and you can additionally choose to sort by relevance, upload date, view count, or rating, as well as filter results by when they were uploaded, their duration, and whether or not they have closed captioning. By default, Google has enforced moderate Safe Search filtering, but under Settings, you have the option to either not filter results at all, or bump it up to strict filtering.

By swiping right and tapping on your account name, you can view videos youve uploaded, playlists youve created, and your history, favorites, and Watch Later lists. Theres also a Purchases tab to track any videos youve bought, but it doesn't seem like you'll be able to actually purchase any of YouTubes commercially available content from the iOS app itself. Likewise, while theres a tab to view your uploads, theres apparently no way to actually upload a video from the YouTube app itself.

That said, with the YouTube app now firmly under Googles control and no longer tied to Apple OS updates, its possible that well see updates more frequently than we have in the past.

YouTube is a free download and requires an iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 4.3 or later.


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