Microsoft-owned operating system brand Windows made a notable entry into the tablet computer market (albeit not performing with a huge impact on tablet usage statistics just yet) last year, alongside new versions of the Windows Phone, though their plans to be at the top end of the market alongside the likes of Apple and Android have taken a turn for the worse as Android owners Google have been accused of denying them access to another member of their technology family.
Google-owned video sharing website YouTube is notable for being a high-profile part of the internet that every connected device and product going wants to link back to in app form as a ready-made appealing service and Windows would have hoped to have gotten one on the front page of their smartphone range as a result, but claim that the owners are preventing the release of a ‘native YouTube app’ on Windows Phone for unknown reasons.
Microsoft’s vice-president and ‘deputy general counsel’ Dave Heiner said of the developments in a blog post on the matter: “[Google are blocking a] first-class YouTube experience [on Windows Phone]. Just last month we learned from YouTube that senior executives at Google told them not to enable a first-class YouTube experience on Windows phones.”
While it is unclear what the reasoning is for the dispute, Microsoft claim to be in talks with Google over a quick resolution between the American companies, having taken advice from the European Commission over their next move in the local market. Google have claimed that there is no problem and that Windows Phone users are not disadvantaged for not having an official YouTube app to use, suggesting that it is ‘easy’ to get to the site regardless of a more convenient app.
An official Google statement made to Techradar on the issue defended their position, reading: “Contrary to Microsoft’s claims, it’s easy for consumers to view YouTube videos on Windows phones. Windows Phone users can access all the features of YouTube through our HTML5-based mobile website, including viewing high-quality video streams, finding favourite videos, seeing video ratings, and searching for video categories. In fact, we’ve worked with Microsoft for several years to help build a great YouTube experience on Windows phones.”