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YouTube opening mobile video to more phones

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. steveking

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Take YouTube Videos with today announces YouTube Robot 2.0, a tool that enables you to download video from onto your PC, convert it to various formats to watch it when you are on the road on mobile devices like mobile phone, iPod, iPhone, Pocket PC, PSP, or Zune.

    YouTube Robot allows you to search for videos using keywords or browse video by category, author, channel, language, tags, etc. When you find something noteworthy, you can preview the video right in YouTube Robot and then download it onto the hard disk drive. The speed, at which you will be downloading, is very high: up to 5 times faster than other software when you download a single file and up to 4 times faster when you download multiple files at a time.

    Manual download is not the only option with YouTube Robot. You may as well schedule the download and conversion tasks to be executed automatically, even when you are not around. Downloading is followed by conversion to the format of your choice and uploading videos to a mobile device (if needed). For example, you can plug in iPod, select the video, go to bed, and when you wake up next morning, your iPod will be ready to play new YouTube videos.

    Product page: Direct download link: Company web-site: E-mail:

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