Droid-Life was given a tip that the YouTube app on handsets running Android 2.2 and above has become a stand alone app. Phandroid wrote back on Monday that they received word, among other things that the YouTube app for Gingerbread was being revamped and would finally be updated to version 2.0. It looks like they were right.
Android Central made a quick list of changes that they have noticed so far, including an improved UI, new player controls, a new personalized home screen, ability to watch videos in portrait and landscape, as well as in-page playback.
AndroidandMe remarks that "the new UI makes the application simpler to use, and adds easy access to take a video using Camcorder as well as video search on the main screen."
Androinica notes that thanks to YouTube now being a stand-alone app, "updates to YouTube in the future will no longer depend on what version of Android you are running; you will be able to update whenever a new version is available." Droid-Life mentions that YouTube has now joined the ranks of other Google Apps to hit the Android Market, such as Gmail and Google Search.
If your handset is running Android 2.2 or newer, get on over to the Android Market and try out the new app for yourself, and don't forget to let us know what you think about it.
Don't have Android 2.2, but still want to see how the new app works? Take a look at the video from Android Central below that gives a brief walk-through: