YouTube comes to Windows Phone 7 (no thanks to Google, Microsoft)


Want to watch YouTube on your shiny new Windows Phone 7 handset? You can… but since Google hasn’t released an official app and because Microsoft didn’t bake support into the operating system, you’re going to have to rely on a third party app.

A few days ago HTC released a free app for anyone with a Windows Phone 7 device built by the handset maker.

But if you don’t have an HTC phone, it turns out you can also pay $1.99 for an app called RealTube which will let you watch YouTube on WP7. Oh yeah, it also lets you view content from a number of other Flash video sites including CNN, DailyMotion, FunnyorDie, MySpace, and MSN.

The app converts Adobe Flash video to Silverlight, which is necessary because Windows Phone 7 doesn’t currently support Flash.

RealTube isn’t a complete YouTube app, meaning it won’t let you manage your YouTube account, view updates from your friends, or all those other features you would expect from a dedicated YouTube app.

The company offers a 15 day free trial if you want to check out RealTube before paying for it.

WP Central posted a demo video, which you can check out after the break.

Update: It turns out that while Windows Phone 7 doesn’t officially support HTML5 or Flash in the browser, there’s also a YouTube plugin from Microsoft which lets you click on any YouTube video from your browser to open it in a YouTube player. It also adds a shortcut for YouTube to your list of applications, but basically it just opens m.youtube.com in your browser. via PocketNow

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since 2006. Brad has also worked with NPR, WHYY, PRI, and AOL.

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