updated 09:40 pm EDT, Thu August 15, 2013
Today's app block second time Google shut down app in 2013
Microsoft has responded to Google's admission of blocking the newly re-released Windows Phone YouTube app over alleged violations of the YouTube terms of service. In a statement, the software giant claims that Google is attempting to stymie the entire Windows Phone app development process for YouTube, despite agreeing to work cooperatively on the matter earlier this year, and Google's complaints and reasons for blocking the app are "nothing other than excuses."
Microsoft claims that Google is completely blocking the development of a native Windows Phone YouTube app, and putting onerous restrictions for future development. Microsoft deputy general counsel David Howard said that "Google asked us to transition our app to a new coding language -- HTML5" adding that Apple iOS and Android developers are not held to the same standard. "It seems to us that Google's reasons for blocking our app are manufactured so that we can't give our users the same experience Android and iPhone users are getting. The roadblocks Google has set up are impossible to overcome, and they know it." It is unclear why the lawyer implied that the Windows Phone 8 OS is incapable of using HTML5 code, as Google allegedly requested.
Google claims to have blocked the new version of the app from functioning because of the ad display not being up to its standards. "Microsoft has not made the browser upgrades necessary to enable a fully-featured YouTube experience, and has instead re-released a YouTube app that violates our Terms of Service," the statement reads. "It has been disabled. We value our broad developer community and therefore ask everyone to adhere to the same guidelines."
Howard claims that Microsoft has requested Google "provide whatever information iPhone and Android get so that we can mirror the way ads are served on these platforms more precisely. So far at least, Google has refused to give this information to us."
Microsoft refutes Google's claims about not wanting a poor experience for users. "If Google were truly concerned about a degraded experience, it would allow our users access to the new YouTube app they love," says Howard. "We once again request that Google stop blocking our YouTube app."