Google has officially announced that YouTube app will no longer support some older devices, starting May. The announcement comes in a recent update to a support document, which says that the YouTube app on devices running older versions of Google TV and other aging devices will no longer be compatible ‘after April’.
According to YouTube, ‘select’ devices manufactured in the year 2012 or earlier will no longer be compatible with YouTube apps. All of this courtesy of a change in YouTube Data API (Version 3), which the company says allows more features like comments, captions, RSS push notifications and flagging videos.
The new update to the API has rendered a plethora of devices useless including Google TV and iOS devices running on below iOS 7. The new update also affects the second generation Apple TV, where from now on users need to start videos on their iPhones, iPods and iPads then stream via AirPlay. Meanwhile, users have also reported that MyTube app, the MetroTube app for Windows Phone, along with the Hyper for YouTube app for Windows 8.1 are not launching anymore.
“As we upgrade the YouTube Data API to bring more features, we’ll begin shutting down the old version on April 20, 2015. This will result in the current YouTube app not working on certain device models from 2012 and older”, said Google.
The following message pops up if a user tries to open these apps from devices that have been affected by the update:
“YouTube is upgrading to a newer version, which is not supported by this device or app. To learn more and see where you can watch YouTube, visit www.youtube.com/devicesupport.
Users who haven’t purchased a dedicated streaming device in the past three years are likely to bear the major brunt of this update, as they largely rely on apps integrated with Smart TV’s. Meanwhile, the popular tubecast app for Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 has now been updated and is fully compatible with the new YouTube v3 API. However, a major chunk of all the other third party apps on Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 will need an upgrade to the new API in order to be functional again.