YouTube’s mobile version has launched new features, including high-quality video playback in the browser using HTML5.
According to Wired News, the whole mobile YouTube site has been optimised for the small screen, and the experience on the phone is now much tighter.Not only is the video quality improved, the web-app’s interface is much better too, with big, touch screen-friendly button icons.
The library is easier to navigate, the search box suggests results as you type, videos can be book-marked like web pages, and favourites and the new “like”-style ratings have been added.
The mobile site defaults to H.264 playback, considering that H.264 is more widely supported than the brand-new WebM on mobiles, and given Apple’s loyalty to H.264.
YouTube can add whatever features it wants much more quickly, since it just has to update a website instead of a native app that requires a download.