Earlier last month, following the release of iOS 6 beta 4, it was revealed that Apple had removed support for a native YouTube application in iOS. The YouTube application was introduced in 2007 alongside the iPod touch, several months after the introduction of the iPhone.
On Tuesday, Google released a native YouTube app for the iPhone and released it onto the App Store ahead of iOS 6 release date. The app allows users to browse in the same way the iOS app did, although it now runs with ads similar to the web version of YouTube. The ads will allow for hundreds of Vevo videos that could not be seen previously to be viewed. The YouTube blog noted some of the features of the new app:
- Tens of thousands more videos: Watch official music videos like Taylor’s latest hit.
- New YouTube channel guide: Swipe your finger from the left edge of the screen to reveal a guide with your subscribed channels on YouTube, giving you instant access to everything from Alli Sports to YOMYOMF.
- Find awesome videos faster: Get to videos like “Gangnam Style” faster with new search tools that give suggestions while you type, and let you sort through videos or channels. Flip through related videos, comments and more info, all while watching a video.
- More ways to share with the people you love: Share that incredible video you found on YouTube on Google+, Facebook or text message in the app, as well as from Twitter and email.
The app is currently available as free download in the App Store and does not support the iPad natively, however, according to the NYTimes, it is in the works.