Google Rolls Out YouTube App Ahead of iOS 6 Launch

Google's own YouTube viewer app for the iPhone and iPod touch hit the App Store on Tuesday. The Internet search giant released the app as a replacement for the native app that's been part of iOS since the first iPhone shipped, but will be missing when iOS 6 launches this fall.

Google releases its own YouTube appGoogle's YouTube app supports searching and viewing the YouTube video library, finding YouTube channels, adding channel subscriptions, commenting on videos, sharing video links via Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and email, and more.

Apple said in August that it wouldn't include its own YouTube app in iOS 6 because its licensing deal ended. Company representatives also confirmed that Google was already working on its own replacement app.

The release date announcement for iOS 6 could come as early as Wednesday during Apple's special media event in San Francisco where the company is expected to introduce its next generation iPhone. The Mac Observer will be on location with live coverage, so be sure to check in with us tomorrow for the latest news. The event is scheduled to start at 10AM pacific time.

Google's YouTube app is free and is available at Apple's iTunes-based App Store. An iPad version is also in development.