Don’t mind spoiling part of the imminent Android Gingerbread surprise if it means firing up the latest and apparently leaked version of Youtube for Gingerbread fairly cleanly ported to work on Eclair or Froyo? No problem big guy, XDA’s rolle3k, hailin’ out of Germany, delivered.

Check his thread for the download and installation instructions which just to warn you involve some basic ADB commands in a command line, though no mention that I can find of whether or not you need root. I’m guessing you do. I don’t want to reveal too much and spoil the excitement but I can tell you that it is definitely across the board superior to its predecessor. Maybe I’m wrong but I can picture some Google devs frustrated that people are downloading this thing, running it on the soon-to-be-outdated OS (like driving a Ferrari in first gear when a new transmission box is about to be handed out for free in a few days), not doing the application justice.

Posted in a Samsung Vibrant forum but works on my Nexus One. Via XDA.

Update: I got confused. Google had detached Youtube from the OS so that people could install newer versions of various software before finally getting the next OS release. Google had already released this particular Youtube client, one intended for Gingerbread, to Froyo users, and this guy from XDA managed to get that working on Eclair. So if you’re running Froyo, just grab it from the market. If you’re running Eclair, visit this guy’s post. Sorry about that.

Doug Simmons


  1. Um, he clearly states he pulled the Fyoro YouTube app from his brother’s phone and ported it to Eclaire. Because a newb screwed up a title, this article happened?

  2. Rereading the xda blog post and his post, and taking into account that this version I installed is very different from the Froyo version I had running (I’m on Froyo), my take is that he somehow got his hands on the Gingerbreak Youtube source code, couldn’t tinker with it on a Froyo phone due to family limitations so he did something to get it to work on Eclair and incidentally it works on Froyo too. What am I missing?

  3. you dont need root. you do need unknown sources (no att roms, unless you have sources updated or sideload wonder machine) and working adb which means for adb drivers, you may need to install the sync software from your phones manufacturer, in the case of my dell streak, dell’s pc suite. you will also need the android sdk, connect to your device by running “adb usb” in the command prompt from the tools folder. you will need to enable usb debuging on your phone (in applications > development). and if you want to backup your existing youtube apk incase anything goes wrong, do “mv Youtube.apk Youtube.apk.bak” rather than “rm Youtube.apk”. after you install, the youtube version should say 2.0.26 rather than 1.60.

    this is a nicer version of youtube than whats found on android. it allows you to play and pause the video in portrait with details below it. if you want full screen just rotate your phone to landscape. beautifully simple. i recommend turning on higher quality videos on mobile in settings. it loads hq videos alot faster so its ok. looks great on my dell streaks 5″ screen. ^_^ im interested to see what else comes out of gingerbread.

  4. Thanks for the clarification and breakdown.

    Searched for Youtube on the market and found this version, again on Froyo. Now I understand where McHale is coming from.

    Sorry about that, got excited. The real news here, which is now very old news, is that Youtube is now among the apps detached from future OS releases and someone got a detached Froyo version to run on 2.1 and that it’s significantly better etc.

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