In advance of tonight's iPhone press event, Google on Tuesday rolled out its official YouTube app for iOS.
A YouTube app is currently pre-loaded on all iOS devices, but Apple and Google recently confirmed that they did not renew their deal for iOS 6. As a result, when Apple rolls out its revamped mobile OS in the coming weeks, the dedicated YouTube app will be gone, so Google had to develop a standalone app for inclusion in the App Store.
That app will roll out later today, Google said this morning. The search giant promised a few new features on the app, including access to more videos, suggested search results, and a menu that users can swipe out in order to view subscriptions.
In a blog post, Andrey Doronichev, head of YouTube mobile, promised "tens of thousands more videos" on the iOS app, as well as a new YouTube channel guide.
"Swipe your finger from the left edge of the screen to reveal a guide with your subscribed channels on YouTube, giving you instant access to everything from Alli Sports to YOMYOMF," he wrote.
Google's suggested searches, which pop up as a user types, will also be included in the YouTube app, as will the ability to sort through videos or channels. "Flip through related videos, comments and more info, all while watching a video," Doronichev wrote.
YouTube also promised more ways to share videos with the revamped app, including Twitter, email, text message, Facebook, and, of course, Google+.
Doronichev said Google is working on a YouTube app that will be optimised for the iPad, which should be available in the next few months.
The YouTube app is not the only Google service that will be missing from the iOS 6 home screen. Apple has also developed its own mapping app, which will replace the pre-loaded Google Maps app. Google, however, now has its own brand new 3D mapping app that was included in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
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