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PostSubject: Official YouTube Mobile Client in beta   Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:29 pm

Published by Rafe Blandford at 17:42 GMT, January 24th 2008


YouTube has announced an official mobile client application
for a number of handsets including several S60 phones. The application
allows you to watch any YouTube video and offers browsing by popular
videos (most viewed, top rated, featured), related videos or keyword
search. You are able to sign into your YouTube account and access your
own videos, subscriptions and favourites. The application also allows
you to upload video from your phone to YouTube directly.


The application allows you to browse through the massive number of
videos on YouTube. Browsing is via video lists which are accessed via
keyword search or by the popular video lists (as found on the mobile
and PC sites). Video lists are shown in a carousel list similar to that
used in S60's Gallery application. Each video is presented with a small
thumbnail and related descriptive information. 

The client
application provides an impressively rich experience and a good effort
has been made to retain the look and feel of the website version - the
same terminology, and graphics are used. If you use YouTube.com
regularly you should feel right at home. The client application is
written in Java which may not give the same performance as a native
application (I noticed a few slow downs in my initial tests) and has a
non-standard UI (like Google's GMail client application) which is not
ideal in terms of providing a consistent experience across the phone.

Because
the application is obviously heavily reliant on a data connection you
should be wary of using it unless you are on a flat rate data tariff
(video streaming can add up to a lot of data very quickly). You will
also get the best performance in areas with 3G coverage.

YouTube app YouTube app You Tube app

Here you can see the Home Screen and the pop up menu for Popular videos followed by the video list screen.

You Tube app YouTube app YouTube app

Shown above is the video playback screen which mimics the website look and feel.
The menu, shown in the second screenshot, can be used to navigate to the different
screens / functions including the My Account screen shown in the third screenshot.

YouTube You Tube app YouTube

In the My Account area you can can access your subscriptions, and view your own videos.
The last screenshot shows a video being selected for upload.

The
client uses RealPlayer internals to do the video streaming (you may
need to set up your access point settings in RealPlayer to get
streaming to work). The video is in .3gp format and is lower quality
that the video you get through the website. You'll get a better video
quality if you use one of the third party YouTube clients such as emTube.

The client application may also work on other phones, but there are no guarantees. Stefan an IntoMobile notes you can use this link for a direct download
(N95 version, should work with most recent S60 phones). Officially
supported phones are Nokia's N73, N95, E65, 6110, 6120 and Sony
Ericsson's K800 and W880.


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