Google has never given the reason why they won’t make an official YouTube app for Windows Phone, but it has always been a fairly safe assumption as to why. Windows Phone doesn’t have the market share that Google deems enough to warrant apps for their many services. At D11 Android chief Sundar Pichai finally confirmed that reasoning.
“It’s simply a function of reach,” he said, before recommending that Windows Phone users try the mobile web version of YouTube.
This comes after a very public spat between Google and Microsoft over an official YouTube app. Microsoft created one without Google’s permission. Google quickly found out and asked them to remove it, and now the companies are “working together” to create a new one. But all that glimmers is not gold. As we reported last week the new YouTube app will be a stripped down version of what we have now.
I can’t blame Google for not wanting to devote a lot of time to a 3rd place operating system owned by a company that is constantly picking on them. My problem lies in the fact that they aren’t even willing to let Microsoft do all the work. Other companies like Facebook and Twitter let Microsoft build apps for them, but Google wants no part of that. In the end it’s the consumers who lose.
[via The Verge]