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LG second after Apple for mobile YouTube

updated 08:25 am EDT, Tue July 3, 2007

LG Mobile YouTube

LG Mobile today revealed that it will be the second major cellphone producer after Apple to install a custom YouTube interface on its phones. The move will allow owners of compatible handsets, regardless of their carrier, to both browse videos over a mobile Internet connection and also to upload videos captured with a phone's camera. No specifics were given regarding the interface, but the company mentions that the feature will require a handset preloaded with the software. Multiple phones with the feature will be available worldwide towards the end of 2007, LG said.

"For the first time, LG customers will be able to film, upload and view videos on YouTube using their mobile phone just as they would be able to from their home computer," said the company's president and CEO, Dr. Skott Ahn.

Although Apple was the first to announce a dedicated YouTube client in the form of a program for the iPhone, LG had actively courted Google for multiple services in the past, bundling its KS10 slider with Google's search, Gmail, and Google Maps tools. Verizon has offered a V CAST YouTube service since December but has largely restricted its use, allowing customers to browse only highlighted clips and to upload to a Verizon-specific account.



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  1. cblackmo

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    catch up Apple!

    The ability to record video using a smartphone's camera should be standard. Even my 3 years old Treo can do that.

    I think it's a sizeable design goof that the iPhone is missing this. And now LG's YouTube upload feature highlights this goof even more.

    I have much love for the iPhone, Apple, and especially their design group, but they missed this one big time. CATCH-UP!

  1. roberto

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    Joined: Jun 2007

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    agreed...

    that's pretty slack!

    - initially i thought the reports i'd read which highlighted this 'oversight' were wrong as i couldn't really believe they could miss such an obvious feature

    hopefully they'll fix it with a software/firmware update -OR- just 1 more reason to wait for iPhone v2

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