YouTube updated for Symbian, now supports user accounts

YouTube's new application homepage on S60

YouTube's new application homepage on S60

It’s taken a while but YouTube has finally added support for user accounts in its updated client for phones running the Nokia-led Symbian OS.

Announced on the 10th of March, users can now log into their YouTube account enabling them to access their favourites, subscriptions, and videos. YouTube stated that it has taken them this long because they wanted to focus on speed of search and playback. Also new to version 2.4 is suggested search terms as you type in a search query.

Version 2.4 is still missing social features, like sharing videos via Twitter or Facebook. Although, it went unmentioned in the official announcement that there is now a menu option to copy a video’s URL to the phone’s clipboard. While not the easiest of routes, this does present a way for users to direct their friends and followers to the latest skateboarding pet videos.

The new version can be downloaded directly from m.youtube.com/app, although N97 users will be disappointed to find that their device is not yet officially supported. Indeed, installing from the Ovi store will only get you version 2.2.29. However, someone from SymbianFrance.com has extracted an installer for the N97, on behalf of NokiaUsers.net. N97 users can download YouTube 2.4 from here.

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