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Google block YouTube app on Windows phones yet again

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Ah the tech wars. A cynic might call them the inevitable corruption of the internet’s open source dream, but they look like they are here to stay and with the Apple / Samsung front still firmly open and exchanging mortars, relations between Google and Microsoft continue to sour.

Having blocked their YouTube app from working on all Windows smartphones, Google finally seemed to relent and give the go ahead for compatibility. The app had originally been removed from the Windows Phone store in May after Google complained to Microsoft about its ability to download videos to devices as well as preventing video advertisements from playing.

Microsoft relaunched the availability of the app to a mild fanfare in which they went out of their way to thank Google for ‘their support’, but a mere two days later, Google once more blocked the app from working

"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," said a Goolgle spokesperson. "It has been disabled. We value our broad developer community and therefore ask everyone to adhere to the same guidelines."

Microsoft on the other hand had stated at the relaunch that it "provides the great experience our consumers expect while addressing the concerns Google expressed in May, including the addition of ads"

Microsoft vice president and deputy general counsel, David Howard, put out a statement saying Microsoft had re-enabling ads, removed the ability for users to download videos, and also stopping them from watching "reserved" videos on YouTube.

"There was one sticking point in the collaboration. Google asked us to transition our app to a new coding language – HTML5. This was an odd request since neither YouTube's iPhone app nor its Android app are built on HTML5. Nevertheless, we dedicated significant engineering resources to examine the possibility.”

"It seems to us that Google's reasons for blocking our app are manufactured so that we can't give our users the same experience Android and iPhone users are getting," wrote Howard. "The roadblocks Google has set up are impossible to overcome, and they know it."

Stand by for forthcoming developments!

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