YouTube has just announced a new update to their mobile website which has been designed using HTML5 and now offers mobile users a fast, clear and easier way to navigate thanks to an improved touch friendly interface.
“We’re excited to announce that YouTube Mobile now receives more than 100 million video playbacks a day. As the world continues to go mobile, we think this is a great improvement for users who want a more consistent YouTube across many devices, no matter where they are.” explains Product Manager, Andrey Doronichev via the official YouTube blog.
The majority of the features that are available on the main YouTube website are now available on the mobile version, including search query suggestions, the options to create playlists and the ability to designate “favorite,” “like” or “unlike” videos.
This is an important step for wide spread adoption of HTML5 video and according to Mefeedia, already as of May 2010, 26% of all web video is now available for playback in HTML5 using the H.264 format up from 10% on January 2010. Out of the sites that support HTML5, iPad users are detected and switched to an HTML5-compatible format. We here at Flumotion have long supported HTML5 video and together with the Open Video Alliance we successfully streamed one of the first ever live events using HTML5 and open formats to global audience. If you want to try the new YouTube HTML5 mobile website yourself, head over to our YouTube channel or see HTML5 video in action via the Flumotion Demo Site.
Check out Google’s official promo video below: