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YouTube Revamps Mobile Site With HTML5

Gordon Kelly


In a progressive - if seemingly pointless - exercise YouTube has announced a complete overhaul of its mobile site so Android handsets and iPhones can… err… not only use their native YouTube apps, but also load YouTube videos in their browsers too…

The change comes since YouTube is now hosting HTML5 encoded videos on m.youtube.com and excited site product manager Andrey Doronichev was keen to point out the following improvements:

  • 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
In fairness there are some decent improvements here, but in my brief test of it I still found using a native app to be more intuitive and enjoyable

Of course the bigger topic here is that HTML5 will allow for a wider range of support across multiple devices as compatibility with the evolving standard continues to grow. Then again, Google just built native Flash support into Chrome and Android 2.2 so Nexus One owners are going to be spoilt for choice…

Is this the beginning of the end for Flash? I very much doubt it.



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