App restricted only to Froyo, leaving majority of Android users in the lurch
After releasing Maps, Search and Gmail as applications for the Android platform, Google has launched YouTube as a standalone app for Android 2.2. Unfortunately, this release is restricted solely to the latest Android variant, ignoring a huge chunk of users with older version of the mobile OS.
The decision to port YouTube as a separate application allows Google to apply updates individually without waiting to collate the same along with the OS upgrades. New features offered by the YouTube app include portrait and landscape viewing, channel info, liking and sharing on Buzz, Facebook, and Twitter. Also included is the in-page viewing option, which allows comment display and posting during video playback, personalized home screen, and direct uploads of user recorded videos.