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August 24, 2010

Google launches new YouTube mobile site

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by Darren Allan

Google has rolled out a fresh mobile tailored version of its video sharing site worldwide.

The new YouTube for mobile site has been fine tuned in terms of speed, to the point that the company now claims it runs as fast, or perhaps even faster, than a dedicated application.

This feat has been achieved with the introduction of HTML5 technology – which, of course, you’ll need an HTML5 capable mobile browser to get the benefit of.

Other enhancements include a substantially tweaked user interface. Social networking support has been improved, with the introduction of the ability to share links with others via Facebook and Twitter, and to like or dislike videos.

In case, due to your sluggish network perhaps, a video is still struggling to run at a decent frame rate, the mobile site now offers the option to switch to lower quality footage to help run clips more smoothly.

Some experts have put forward the view that this could herald a new dawn in the mobile world, where HTML5 makes applications increasingly less relevant.

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