updated 09:00 am EST, Thu January 24, 2008
YouTube Mobile Video
YouTube's mobile video service will soon work with far more device s than currently available, the Google-owned company said today. A code change for the website should allow some phones from LG, Motorola, Nokia, and Sony-Ericsson to have largely the same playback features as the desktop page: this includes the ability to rate and search for videos as well as visit particular users' channels, YouTube says.
The update represents a significant expansion of Google's efforts to spread mobile video. Currently, only the iPhone as well as Helio's Mysto and Ocean have built-in YouTube clients, all of which have been custom-designed for each device or phone service. The Helio adaptation also allows subscribers to upload video through the phones' inherent 3G cellular connection. Verizon also has a feature-limited YouTube client that allows users to watch higher-rated clips and upload to a preset video channel.
Unlike its desktop web counterpart, the new mobile version currently goes without ads and is limited to consumption. A means for cellphones with 3G or faster Internet access to upload videos with a 3G or faster connection is under development but has no timetable for its own launch.