YouTube upgrades Mobile Site

On the Google mobile blog this week, the company announced it has upgraded its English language YouTube mobile website.

Google says the improved mobile site is faster than its predecessor and features a new user interface that incorporates larger, more touch friendly elements, making it easier to access videos on the go.

Other improvements to the mobile site include features and functionality found on the .com site, like search query suggestions, the options to create playlists, the ability to designate “favourite,” “like,” or “unlike” videos directly from your device.

The impetus for the change is the incredible increase in usage. YouTube consumption on mobile devices has grown considerably with video playbacks up 160% in 2009 over the previous year. YouTube Mobile now receives more than 100 million video playbacks a day which is about the same number of daily playbacks that the regular site was streaming out when it was bought by Google in 2006.

See the new YouTube mobile site by pointing your mobile browser to m.youtube.com

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