YouTube has updated its mobile site with a whole slew of new features, many of which are not available in Apple’s native app. Of course, this is not the first time they have done this. After Apple rejected the Google Voice app, Google released the HTML5 powered web app to replace it.
YouTube has noted the biggest changes on its blog:
- It’s really fast.
- The user interface incorporates larger, more touch-friendly elements, making it easier to access videos on the go.
- It incorporates the features and functionality you’ve come to expect from the .com site, like search query suggestions, the options to create playlists, the ability to designate “favorite,” “like” or “unlike” videos directly from your device.
- As we make improvements to Youtube.com, you’ll see them quickly follow on our mobile site, unlike native apps which are not updated as frequently.
Having tested the new site, I can say it truly is all it claims to be. Pages load almost instantly, and the interface is very user friendly. High definition videos can be toggled using the “HQ” button, and they don’t take much longer to load than their standard definition counterparts.
Google is proving how powerful web apps can negate the need for desktop clients. With the release of Google Chrome OS around the corner, I’m sure we will see more HTML5 powered beasts in the future.