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YouTube Mobile adds HTML5 for Android, iPhone users

updated 04:55 pm EDT, Wed July 7, 2010

YouTube mobile page can now skip Flash

YouTube today unveiled a completely revamped version of YouTube Mobile designed with Android and iOS devices in mind. The new page uses HTML5 when present to play video without having to use Flash. Much of the interface has now been reworked for touchscreen devices and incorporates the features that have arrived since the mobile page was last updated, such as like/unlike flags, playlists and suggested searches.

The new version is potentially more advanced than the dedicated YouTube app on the iPhone as it can use higher quality when not on Wi-Fi. Apple's app is designed to work on as little as a 2G connection where HTML5 is designed from the start to play on 3G. Google also teased Apple by noting that its web app could be updated faster than a native app can, although it too has a native app that is now partly obsolete.

Visitors should start seeing the redesigned page later today. Support for other platforms isn't yet practical as RIM, Symbian and others are still lagging in the implementation of HTML5.

By Electronista Staff


  1. Meovv

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    Joined: Jan 2006


    Actually not bad

    At least as good as the Youtube app. Slightly larger images of the videos in list view and it has like/dislike thumbs right on the page. Not sure I will start using the web app instead but it's good to have an alternative. And the more Android folks use this web app the more obsolete flash gets..

  1. lordandrei

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    Joined: Oct 2003


    iPhone4 iOS4 HTML5 No Captioning

    Sadly the HTML5 standard and captioning still have a way to go. While Google/YouTube has made great advances in Captioning. Sadly this new tech does not have it.

    See as an example.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re: Captioning

    No, it must be your iPhone or something. We all know HTML5 is a 100% direct substitute for Flash, and there's no need for Flash.

  1. indydi

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    Joined: Jul 2010


    You Tube and HTML5

    Great start, everyone else see that pathway yet?

  1. T4E

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    Joined: Jan 2008


    @testudo Re: Captioning

    Careful in your attempts to be ironic, it can easily turn around and bite you where your statements come from. Just give it a couple of months.

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