new youtube mobile site

Youtube mobile just got a face-lift, bringing a good many cosmetic and functionality changes along with it.  Youtube use on mobile devices is growing at an amazing rate -- playbacks were up 160% in 2009 according to the folks at Youtube, so it's great to see changes making their way to the mobile site.  What exactly got changed you ask?  According to the Youtube blog: 

  • 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, you’ll see them quickly follow on our mobile site, unlike native apps which are not updated as frequently.

In my opinion, numbers 1, 2 and 3 are spot-on.  We'll keep an eye on number 4, but it only makes sense to keep improving things.  Hit the break to see a video and a couple more screenshots of the new site, then check it out on your Android phone at [YouTube Blog]


 Youtube link

mobile youtube site -- portrait

New portrait mode

landscape mode still works too

Landscape mode is still great too!


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Mobile Youtube site updated for Android and iThing browsers


I'm missing it too on my EVO. I would love to just use the mobile site as it's more capable than the app.

Same here, its taking me to HTC Flash Lite Player when I click on the video, and I am using LauncherPro, and not HTC Sense. That sucks, oh well sticking with YouTube app for now.

I'm not seeing the HQ button on my Evo either. Until that's implemented, I'll be sticking with the built in YouTube app.

on my evo im getting the old site still for some reason I had my brother go to it on his iphone and it is like it shows in the video???

How do you turn off the Flash Lite player on the Incredible (and I'm assuming this is also the problem people are having on the Evo) so that the Youtube app plays the video?

Is this not working on any HTC phones or just the EVO? I don't see the new site in either Dolphin HD or the default browser (is that an HTC piece of software on the EVO?) and when I click on the video it still either launches the HTC Flash player or, if I'm in DolphinHD, asks whether I want to use the HTC Flash player or the Youtube App.

I swear, the more and more of this HTC Sense crap continually gets in the way the more I'm resolved to get as much of a "stock" phone as I can next time I upgrade.

same here it just launches in flash lite on regular browser. I rarely use dolphin or skyfire. I may try opera and see what happens. Is there a setting to turn on/off flash lite or at least give me the option how I want stuff to open.

I think it plays in the youtube app no matter what. Whats new is the web interface to navigate and interact with the site. Personally I prefer a native app to play the video so that controls and everything else are perfectly formatted for my device.

No, it's pretty clear from the video that it plays in the browser since the controls look different in the web app. I think the whole point of the new mobile site is that it uses HTML5 to support the video playback right? So why would they use the regular app to do that?

I haven't watched the vid on this site. The vid on the promo seemed like it was a native app playing it. Also whenever I try it FlashLite opens so the video must not be HTML 5 based. And I thought the native browser wasn't going to be HTML 5 ready until 3.0 anyway.

Mobile sight works on my MOTO Droid I just clicked the link. Going to delete the YouTube app.

I disabled Flash in the Settings on the stock browser on the Incredible and the content still played fine at the mobile site. Not sure if that's the HTML5 working, or whether it's still using the Flash plug-in anyway despite me toggling the setting.

Actually, looking at the video again, it just played in portrait mode only, so I'm guessing it still used the Flash plug-in.

I am guessing HTML5 video is only available on Froyo...Probably not supported on other Android versions.

That's weird that all the EVO users are saying that they're not seeing the HQ button. I've got it on mine (unrooted) with both the YouTube app as well as the mobile version of the website. I am also using Launcher Pro. Jesse8813 mentioned that he was using that and thought that might be an issue.

Of all the people who aren't seeing the HQ button, are any of you using the Dolphin HD browser? Would that make any difference?

EDIT: Nevermind...I see what EVO users are talking about. When I have the screen pulled up right before clicking on a video to launch it, I do NOT see the HQ button. I thought everyone was referring to the HQ button that you see while the video is actually playing. My bad.

I have Droid running 2.2. HQ button shows up, and it plays from within the browser itself. The UI is much better than my YouTube app. I'm considering deleting it.

man, no HQ button.

also i cant get really HQ video on my incredible, do i need to download the evo youtube app to be able to watch the video in HQ? and what is HQ? up to 720p? 480p?

It seems to just launch the Youtube App when I try to play from the browser. I'm running Android 1.6 on a T-Mobile MyTouch. When I hit the menu button while the video is playing, it has the same controls as the Youtube app. If you go to "More" under the menu options, I have the option to play from High Quality there, but not in the embedded controls.