Google’s YouTube app for Windows 10 shows up in the Store

YouTube for Windows 10

After refusing to create apps for Windows 10 Mobile, Google
could be finally working on a new media app for Windows 10 that
would be based on Microsoft’s UWP principles.

While Google has never shown interest in bringing most of its
apps to the Microsoft Store (also known as Windows Store), a
private Microsoft Store listing suggests that a new YouTube app
for Windows 10 is in pipeline.

This new YouTube app appears to be in the works for several
months now and it will be the first time that a native YouTube
client will make it to the Microsoft Store for PCs.

Many people who watch YouTube in Windows are currently using a
web browser or third-party apps, and the user experience is
usually good, but the UWP version could unlock multiple new
capabilities.

YouTube UWP

It appears Google has quietly published a new package of its
existing Xbox YouTube app with support for Windows 10.

The new beta app version 1.2.97.0, which is currently hidden,
was available for Xbox consoles only, but a new update for the
app introduces support for desktop too, thanks to the UWP
platform.

It’s also worth noting that this is not a Progressive Web App.
It’s a proper UWP app based on principles outlined by
Microsoft, but it currently comes with Xbox UI, which is
strange.

YouTube app details

By bringing YouTube to the Microsoft Store, Google could
significantly improve the YouTube experience on Windows 10. For
instance, a UWP app will finally allow users to easily stream
the service in high dynamic range (HDR), which is a feature
that offers better contrast and colour on support hardware.

Likewise, UWP apps also have access to a wide range of APIs for
seamless integration with Windows 10 features, such as Action
Center, Jump List, Share UI, and more.

YouTube Store app

The unexpected embracing of Windows 10’s universal problem
could also mean that Google could well be looking to bring its
other apps to the Microsoft Store as well.

This move comes after Microsoft and Google collaborated for the
Android-powered Surface Duo, which comes pre-installed with all
Google apps.

Unfortunately, it is not yet clear when and if Google will
publish the app for all Windows 10 users. For now, the app
appears to be working partially on the desktop without mouse
support and it doesn’t work on Windows 10 Mobile when
sideloaded.

Regardless, a YouTube app for Windows 10 is great news for the
app store as Microsoft is currently betting big on
Project Reunion to close the divide between UWP and Win32
desktop apps.

What do you think about this unexpected move? Let us know in
the comments below.

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