Google Set To Switch Off Support To YouTubs Apps
An announcement on the YouTube support pages notes that select devices manufactured before or during 2012 will lose support for the video app, with the list including smart TVs and Blu-ray players, older Google TV devices, earlier models of the Apple TV, and some iOS devices.
The ending of support for older devices stems from changes being made to the YouTube Data API. At the same time as bringing in “more features” to the API, Google is taking the opportunity to cut support for older devices, starting from this week.
For iOS devices, those running iOS 7 or later can still download and use the YouTube app, with those on older devices forced to use the mobile site instead. Third-generation Apple TVs will also be able to continue using the app, but second-generation and older versions will not, with no workaround available.
Google TV devices running version 3 or later of the software will be able to continue using it by running a software update, though version 2 and older will not be able to access it. Smart TVs and other devices can potentially work around the issue by using the built-in browser, so long as it supports Flash or HTML 5.