Following an update of its Windows Phone YouTube app by Microsoft earlier this week, the app has now been blocked by Google, who claims the app ‘violates [its] Terms of Service.’
The update to the app was released a few days ago by Microsoft, but was soon followed by reports of unexplained errors. Google then confirmed that it was blocking the YouTube app, with some commenters accusing Google of attempting to limit Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform in order to boost the sales of its own Android mobile operating system.
In response to questions regarding the block, a Google representative issued the following explanatory statement: ‘We’re committed to providing users and creators with a great and consistent YouTube experience across devices, and we’ve been working with Microsoft to build a fully featured YouTube for Windows Phone app, based on HTML5. Unfortunately, Microsoft has not made the browser upgrades necessary to enable a fully-featured YouTube experience, and has instead re-released a YouTube app that violates our Terms of Service. It has been disabled. We value our broad developer community and therefore ask everyone to adhere to the same guidelines.’
Microsoft has also issued a statement, reassuring users that it is working with Google to resolve any problems.