Windows Store for Windows 8/RT may have thousands of apps available for download but, not all of the them are useful and awesome. We may have the official Twitter app in Store along with some good Facebook apps but, the Store was missing a good and full feature YouTube app. Now, a popular YouTube app of Windows Phone is available on Windows 8 and Windows RT.
MetroTube, one of the best YouTube apps in Store for Windows Phone has been ported to Windows 8/RT with all the features. This first full feature YouTube app provides almost all the feature of a native YouTube app like viewing videos, liking, commenting, search, favorites and more.
Developed by LazyWorms, this awesome apps has become the first and probably the best YouTube app in Store. Just like its Windows Phone version, it also focuses on the YouTube playback and you will get all the feature which would be found on YouTube for web or mobile apps.
Once you sign in to the app using your Google account and grant the permission to access your YouTube settings, you would be taken to the home screen where the latest news from your subscribed channels would be showed on the left side under the ‘Subscriptions’ section. Beside that, you would get the navigation buttons like ‘watch later’, ‘favorites’, ‘uploads’ and ‘recently played’. Then, the popular videos from YouTube are showed followed by the categories section.
Tip: You can also use the app without logging-in but, you won’t be able to use most of the features including like, comment, favorite and subscriptions etc.
Once you go to the subscriptions section, you would be showed all the latest videos from your subscribed channel on the right side. The navigational options can be seen on left side from where you can choose to see specific channels.
The video play back page, just like the YouTube for web highlights the video on the left side with suggestions on right.
Tip: You can also switch to the channel view on right side where all the videos from the channel would be showed whose video in being played.
Video Playback Options:
You can also select from different playback options like the full screen which can be done by pressing the button on top left corner of video. Other options like the video quality and volume can be accessed from app bar.
Tip: You can bring the app bar by pressing the right button of your mouse or by pressing the space bar on your keyboard or swiping up from down using a touch screen.
You can also select to favorite the video and add it to watch later list by selecting the options from app bar.
You can also like or comment on the videos just like you could do on the YouTube for web. Press the thumbs up/down button to like/dislike the video and comments button to add comments. Once the comemnts button is pressed, you would get a pop-up where you can add the comment.
The popular section of the home screen of MetroTube shows the most popular videos from YouTube which can be played, liked and commented like other videos in the app.
You can also see different categories on the home screen of MetroTube where the categories tailored for you are showed whereas, you can also select to see all categories of YouTube.
One of the most amazing features of this app is the custom tabs option which lets you add a custom tab on your home screen of app. Just tap the ‘+’ sign and you would be able to add a custom section either from the categories or from ‘Search’.
You can use the ‘Search’ Charm of Windows 8 to search for anything on the app and YouTube. The search results are similar to what can be seen on the YouTube on web.
You can also share from MetroTube but, unfortunately, you won’t be able to share the link for YouTube videos in all apps instead, just the title is shared. But, the People app of Windows 8/RT supports video sharing with link as well.
The ‘Settings’ menu in the app holds the options like preferred video playback quality and the default country. You can also clear the most recently played videos which are showed under the recently played videos section.
The app also works fine in the snapped view where you can play the videos but, the video size is limited to small which can’t be increased while in the snap view. But, you are also showed the comments, descriptions and options to like/dislike while being in the snap view.
This app is probably the best YouTube app in Store till date and with all its features, it certainly is the must have app for people who are YouTube lovers. Although, some of the features like uploading videos and sharing video links in all apps isn’t supported but, still this app is awesome and we don’t need to ise web to watch our favorite videos on the popular video sharing site.
You can also see the MetroTube app in action in the hands on video below.
MetroTube app is now available as a beta for download from Store for free and it has a download size of 611 KB.
You can download MetroTube from the link below:
Download MetroTube app (Windows 8/RT required)