MetroTube for WP7: Back and Better Than Ever
It’s unfortunately not often that we get to talk about Windows Phone 7. It’s not that we don’t like it; it’s just that OEM’s (and Microsoft in general) don’t give it the proper attention it deserves. For instance, as any WP7 fanboy will tell you, using YouTube on a Windows Phone is like pulling teeth. Most of the applications out there just don’t function properly. However, a lone application has, for the length of its storied existence, survived the odds and given us YouTube in all of its blazing glory. This app is called MetroTube.
Back in 2010, Windows Mobile was in its death throws. Despite the astronomical success of the HTC HD2, Windows Mobile failed to appeal to the burgeoning new smartphone market. Rather than overhaul it, MS decided the best option was to scrap the old system and start again from the ground up. They called this new incarnation Windows Phone 7.
Despite the buzz surrounding its launch, Microsoft had a hard time selling WP7 devices. OEM’s were slow to build hardware, and independent developers were wary of the options available for loading custom ROMs. Despite this, XDA Forum Member LazyWormApps decided to bring some goodness to the fledgling operating system with his application LazyTube.
Lauded as being the best YouTube application on the market, LazyWormApps quickly developed a cult following amongst its users. Eventually, the application was even rebranded as MetroTube. However, in January 2012, it all came apart.
From the beginning, one of the goals of the LazyWormApps was to have MetroTube become officially supported. In fact, because of the workarounds used to obtain HD content, the application was pulled from the market by the development team. Repeated attempts at contact were made to both Microsoft and Google over the past seven months to gain official support. Pulling the application was met with much outcry from users who had become accustomed to enjoying it as part of their daily lives.
After many months of wrangling for support, the team at LazyWormApps were met without success. According to their official announcement they’ve investigated every possible alternative channel to try and gain better documentation for the Google YouTube API and official support. Howevere, because they still desire to share their application with the world, MetroTube is back and it’s free.
That’s right, the team at LazyWormApps has brought back the top rated YouTube application on the Windows Phone Marketplace, and made it freely available for everyone to use. So head on over to the original thread and give this a go. Bravo LazyWormApps, you guys are awesome.