The stock YouTube player got a healthy little update recently. As noted on the YouTube blog the launch of VEVO on Android was also celebrated with the inclusion of VEVO videos within the YouTube app itself. In order to make use of the videos though your device needs to be running Android 2.2 or higher. Most of what has changed is simple UI enhancements to offer better ways of finding and discovering music videos and artists:

  • Music videos are now clearly marked with a ‘music note’ badge
  • While enjoying the video you can read ‘artist bio’
  • It’s easy to discover more tracks from the same artist using ‘artist tracks’ tab
  • You’ll find similar cool bands on the ‘related artists’ tab

The YouTube team has also outlined the fact that you'll start seeing some more ads within the app as well. The basis for that of course is like with most things, money. Stating that mobile advertising is set to surpass $1 billion in 2011. Content providers are more apt to offer up and include their content to YouTube if money is to be made. With over 200 million mobile views a day, that's a lot of ad potential for partners. You can grab the latest YouTube update from the Android Market, download is after the break. [YouTube Blog]

There are 22 comments

mr.wizard says:

I was mad enough that there was ads on the regular site...but hey, I guess you have to pay the bills somehow...and at least there are some results

NYC Dude says:

Exactly, me personally I'm happy to be able to get videos through the app. So I don't have to go to Youtube desktop on the phone. It's much quicker through the app

Jason Black says:

I don't see the update

No need to update from the market. It's automatic.

No need to update from the market. It's automatic.

kinster02 says:

The update is there all you have to do to verify that you have it is search for a song like Billy jean and if you got the music notes you got update...there is no version change.

KwietStorm says:

Is anybody having trouble getting all their apps to show in their list?

NYC Dude says:

I am, I had to manually search for google translate to get the update because it wasn't in my list

svargas05 says:

I think its an Android Marketplace glitch of some sort.

I can start the Market and go to "My Apps" yet it'll only show about 50% of them.

I close it, and restart the market and theyre all there. Who knows.

Dnomyar220 says:

Why would I use the new VEVO official app if youtube just released all vevo videos on youtube? The VEVO app has a nice UI, but it seems silly to have two separate programs to access the same videos...

svargas05 says:

No need to really get the VEVO app either.

Just search VEVO in YouTube and there they are. All of the music videos.

Why not save space \ (o_0) / ?

inittowinit says:

Yes I am having problems seeing some Apps also. New York Times radio time just to name a few.

dcdttu says:

So my Market says 2.1.6 on my phone, Appbrain says 2.1.6, and that it was updated to that version December 7th. My phone says I'm up to date. So, is my phone/Appbrain wrong?

What's the new version?

jxc says:

I don't see the new version of the YouTube app......EVO on 2.2 stock

Droid-One says:

No new version here. I have 2.1.6 and auto update with no new notification of a update.

Mr. Berry says:

Is V2.1.6 the new version?

NYC Dude says:

I believe so. All the updated features are in 2.1.6

dcdttu says:

Haha, the latest version is 2.0 according to Google's Youtube page... Um, I have 2.1.6. What gives?

2.1.6 here too, no update.

kinster02 says:

Just type in a song name and verify you have the music notes if so you got the update...there is no version change.

stevied3 says:

is anyone else getting the 'not available in your country' message when you click to play a music video? I get it when I clicked on a Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean video. Maybe the vevo app may come in handy after all.

chinesetea says: