Just recently, it had been revealed that Apple didn’t want to have anything to do with Google, when it comes to their Maps app. Now, in the beta developer’s preview of iOS 6, Google gets knocked out again, with the native YouTube app being totally deleted from the pre-packaged iOS. In case it wasn’t totally clear, Google owns YouTube.
Google is one of the main competitors to Apple, and it’s clear that neither wants anything to do with the other. An Apple spokesperson stated in a statement on Monday:
“Our license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended, Customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the app store.”
However, Google was unavailable to comment. It would appear that YouTube is just far too popular for Apple to try and remove completely from their devices, but it is clear that they are trying to no-longer promote Google in anyway possible, which includes removing native apps for their services.
Apple and Google previously had a relationship in their attempts to remove flash from the iOS, working with capabilities in the realease of HTML 5. More information on the technical background between the companies can be found on the post made by AppleInsider.
I’m not bothered about this at all, Apple has already confirmed that YouTube will work in Safari, along with the fact that Google are still working on an iOS 6 compatible app. If Apple were to make YouTube totally inaccessible for iPhone, iPod and iPad users, then their sales would dramatically drop, as too many people unconsciously rely on the video site. Obviously the two companies can’t completely ignore the others existence, as their combined global impact has been larger than the pool of others.
I’ve already downloaded a bunch of apps for third-party services, one more couldn’t hurt, right?