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Google blocks Microsoft's YouTube app for Windows Phone

August 16
12:50 AM 2013

The videos from the YouTube app installed in every Windows Phone were blocked by Google for infringing the terms of use. The move transpired two days after Microsoft thanked the search engine king for its "support" and relaunched its own YouTube app for smartphones running the Windows Phone operating system.

In May 2013, Google complained to Microsoft regarding its capability to download videos and prevent advertisements from playing. This resulted to the removal of the YouTube app in Windows Phone store.

"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," Google's spokesperson told American technology news and media network The Verge. "It has been disabled. We value our broad developer community and therefore ask everyone to adhere to the same guidelines."

Mobile accounted for over 15% of YouTube's global watch time with up to 1 billion views per day. Two months ago, Martin Pyykkonen, Wedge Partner's analyst, projected that YouTube could earn as much as USD350 million every quarter through the video advertisements shown on mobile devices.

On the other hand, research firm Gartner said 7.4 million Windows Phone devices were sold in the second quarter. This gave Microsoft a 3.3% share of the international smartphone market.

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