YouTube Launches HTML 5 Mobile Site

Google has updated the mobile version of its popular online video sharing service YouTube to support HTML 5.

The update will mean iPhone and iPad users users no longer need to download the separate YouTube iPhone app in order to use the site.

Writing on the YouTube blog, product manager Andrey Doronichev wrote: “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.”

He said that the YouTube Mobile website has a new, updated interface and a far better performance than the application.

The update incorporates many features from the desktop web version, including in-browser video playback, enhanced video quality, search query suggestions and the ability to create playlists.

Users will also be able to assign 'Favorite' status to, and 'like' or 'unlike' videos of their choice.

Doronichev said: "The user interface incorporates larger, more touch-friendly elements, making it easier to access videos on the go."

He added that as improvements are made to YouTube.com, updates will be added to the mobile site.