Apple will not include Google’s YouTube app in the final version of iOS 6, a move that follows its decision to drop the search company’s mobile online mapping app, Google Maps.
The Cupertino-based tech giant rolled out on Monday its latest iOS 6 beta, now on version 4, which exposed that the mobile operating system’s previously pre-installed YouTube app will be gone for good in upcoming releases.
Apple reasoned out that its license to use the video streaming mobile app expired, saying, “Our license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended, customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the App Store.”
Reaching its expiration date or not, the company’s move to cut another Google service just shows the budding rivalry between both firms.
In June this year, Apple declared publicly that it will starting using an in-house mapping service, with the help of Tomtom, and officially drop Google Maps in upcoming iterations of iOS.
Google did not even budge to that announcement, only to say, “We’ve been working on maps for years, in fact just announced some exciting new developments for Google Maps and Google Earth last week, and are looking forward to continuing to build the perfect map for our users in the months and years ahead.”
The final version of Apple iOS 6 is set to release with the company’s next-generation iPhone device this year.
Google says that it is in negotiations with Apple to make sure iOS users still receive the optimum YouTube app experience in their devices.
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