Feeds

HTML5-juiced mobile YouTube refresh dates iPhone

Lean, clean 3G killer

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

YouTube has launched an updated version of its YouTube Mobile website (m.youtube.com ) designed for HTML5-capable browsers such as the iPhone's Safari and those on Android-based phones.

"[The update] incorporates the features and functionality you've come to expect from the .com site, like search query suggestions, the options to create playlists, the ability to designate 'favorite,' 'like' or 'unlike' videos directly from your device," YouTube product manager Andrey Doronichev writes in a introductory blog post.

In addition, Doronichev wrote, "It's really fast."

YouTube Mobile update

An improved user interface adds chubby icons and buttons

Also, in time-honored "the cloud beats local" GooTube tradition, he added: "As we make improvements to Youtube.com, you'll see them quickly follow on our mobile site, unlike native apps which are not updated as frequently."

The reason for the focus on upgrading the YouTue Mobile experience is simple: the web is going mobile. "YouTube Mobile now receives more than 100 million video playbacks a day," writes Doronichev. "This is roughly the number of daily playbacks that YouTube.com was streaming when we joined forces with Google in 2006."

YouTube Mobile update

Google wants you to put a new YouTube icon on your phone's home screen

Although Doronichev doesn't mention HTML5 in his blog post, TechCrunch notes that the updated YouTube Mobile "uses plenty of HTML5 features, including the video tag."

Although the iPhone already has an Apple-supplied YouTube app, the updated YouTube Mobile website has a noticeably cleaner, more-capable user interface and far better performance.

TechCrunch recounts that Doronichev gave a demo at the update's Wednesday unveiling in which he explained that Apple's long-in-the-tooth iPhone YouTube app is optimized for the original iPhone's EDGE "2.5G" streaming rates rather than 3G, and that YouTube Mobile benefits from being - well - not archaic.

To test the video quality of the iPhone app versus that provided by the YouTube Mobile website, I played the same video over both WiFi and 3G. Over WiFi, as might be guessed, video quality was identical. Over 3G, however the difference was stark:

YouTube video played over 3G on the YouTube Mobile website

Will It Blend? video playing over a 3G connection in the Safari browser on the updated YouTube Mobile website

YouTube video played over 3G using Apple's YouTube app

Blendtec's Tom Dickson prepares to blend the same vuvuzela over a 3G connection using the iPhone YouTube app

You can see the updated YouTube Mobile at work on both a Google Nexus One and an Apple iPhone 3GS in this video from YouTube:

®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS
AppleSIM 'ware to allow quick switch of carriers
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Brits: Google, can you scrape 60k pages from web, pleeease
Hey, c'mon Choc Factory, it's our 'right to be forgotten'
Of COURSE Stephen Elop's to blame for Nokia woes, says author
'Google did have some unique propositions for Nokia'
It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE
By 'eck! Eccles cake production thrown into jeopardy
Mobile coverage on trains really is pants
You thought it was just *insert your provider here*, but now we have numbers
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.