CrackBerry Asks: Do you use the BlackBerry 10 browser or a third party app for viewing YouTube?

By James Richardson on 18 Jan 2014 04:51 am EST

Since BlackBerry 10 first launched one of the features that excelled in comparison to other operating systems has been the web browser. It's fast, user friendly and full of options - such as the Reader Mode and the smooth sharing options that integrate with the BlackBerry Hub. 

When it comes to watching videos on YouTube I was interested to find out if the majority of CrackBerry readers were content with using the browser for this, or if they choose to use a third party application, as there isn't a native one from BlackBerry themselves? There are a selection of apps in BlackBerry World - some better than others and if you want to check them out you can do so here

The browser does a great job - these's no doubt about that. In fact, that's probably why BlackBerry didn't feel the need so generate an application for it. I tend to watch YouTube videos on my BlackBerry three or four times a week - as most of the time I'm at my computer. However, for reasons I'm not really sure of I choose to use the app FastTube. I can only presume that I'm drawn to the BlackBerry 10 app UI as it delivers the same goods as the browser. 

So, what about you. Hit up the poll below and feel free to jump into the comments to sound off with why you use what you use. 


Reader comments

CrackBerry Asks: Do you use the BlackBerry 10 browser or a third party app for viewing YouTube?



Browser is the best mobile browser. Name it properly, release it for other platforms and let the mobile world love it! BBM is not bad, but unnamed BB10 browser is even much better to promote BlackBerry ideas!

[...] First ever London smartphone story powered by Z10:

With BB 10 BlackBerry definitely made its browser super fast!

I know our Web browser is awesome compared to rest and we have the best virtual keyboard on the market with its predictive next word by swiping up to select it and auto correct .

Actually guys,i think mine is glitched.

I often watch anime on my z10 and when I go on certain sites, they have different video players. Sometimes when I watch half way through the video, the browser flashes then crashes.

I have never gotten this glitch before 10.1 mr update, now I am on z10

So if I'm actually in the browser and there happens to be a video embedded, I'll obviously play it right there, however... YouTube viewing, following my subscriptions? Fast Tube is awesome even allows preloading for offline view!

Posted via CB10

I get the same thing with the Anime crashing partway. Annoying as hell considering just about every other video I watch plays fine, start to finish.

I find videoweed is the most consistent playthrough so whenever that option is available on whichever site you choose for your anime fix (Narutoget, watchOp, mangafreak, managafox etc) I'd strongly recommend it to you.

.1925 bangingest version, so frickin' good. Zeddy approves.

Why is it your only ideas involve outsourcing whatever other good things blackberry have left. The more they have those on other platform the less they'll choose bb

Posted via CB10

These days smart marketing is a key to success. Theoretically all Android phones are similar but People buy one brand units first of all. Releasing BB10 browser would be strong and almost free marketing tool. It has only advantages and no disadvantages. Imagine when Customers know how good is BB10 browser on Android and iOS platform, another thought is that it just must be even better on native BB10 platform. IMHO, this would be much smarter to release BB10 browser than BMM (if it is not going to compete with Twitter). BBM isn't bad but must be better to do anything crucial. BB10 browser lacks only a powerful name that would widespread BB10 ideas...

[...] First ever London smartphone story powered by Z10:

The biggest problem with that is that in order to truly not lose any of the speed and rock solid performance.... Scratch that. it could not be done. The reason we have such a great browser is not only because of the browser code but mainly the underlying OS and it's coding, QNX. To port would lose. Like taking a square peg and fitting it to a round hole. Even though it can be done it is never the same nor does it have the same integrity as what it was. You then end up with a stopgap or a squircle. And who really wants a squircle?

Posted via CB10 on my Q10

Even if it would work, I wouldn't want to see the BB10 browser on android or ios. Think about it.. Since BlackBerry has the android runtime, I have no need or want to own an android device (especially since installing 10.2.1!). If you give android and ios everything that makes BlackBerry great, I think the sentiment would be similar amongst users of those platforms.

Just my $.02!

Posted via CB10

Consumer mobile market is a base for business mobile market and in general for entire mobile market now and in the closest future. Market rules are quite simple - not everybody wins, but everybody can win something. IMHO, BB10 browser as a cross-platform on the Consumer market is a big step towards such deals as the last one (1k units + BES for Germans). BYOD era bases on individual experience. Young Professionals who have never been using BB (because they entered the market after iPhone launch), must get a real chance to get interested in completely new BlackBerry. Don't forget that most of young Consumers think BB died or is dying, because they hear and read such info mainly. So, they must experience BB10 browser to know how vivid is BlackBerry.

[...] First ever London smartphone story powered by Z10:

Some things maybe make sense cross platform like BBM which benefits from more users. A browser on all platforms won't give then much and removes what I would argue is a good reason to switch to BB10.

Posted via CB10

I agree with this reasoning. Even if they charged for the BlackBerry Torch Browser on other platforms it wouldn't be enough of a revenue stream and would still allow people to think that they don't need a BlackBerry to have the best of the BlackBerry experience.

Releasing the Browser cross platform would devote resources to optimizing and maintaining it for other platforms with little gain for the company. I'd rather just see the browser as a strong highlight in marketing when BlackBerry re-enters the consumer market and the Torch team 100% focused on making it the best Browser in the world on BlackBerry

BB10 browser as a cross-platform must stay free of charge. BBM got channels... There's no problem to generate incomes by means of something additional to the browser, too. It's a bit complex to explain in public. Smart BB marketing just mustn't go with any kind of fees for other platforms' Users...

[...] First ever London smartphone story powered by Z10:

Doode, first of all, looks like there is no such thing as "Official YouTube App".

It's just a link to the browser and the YouTube URL in mobile mode.

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

@ ibimmer

Same here. I'd love to see an official "Built for BB" native youtube app, by BBRY themselves, not just a browser link to YT mobile.

The browser is great, but such an app would rock even more. Cascades! Google sideload, no thanks.

My name is Prem, I'm using BBM ... from my QuZe10 ...whatarhyme...

Official YouTube app is an android version. It exists & I have it installed.

Keith H. Posted via CB10 on Z10.

Ok, the "Googlified Official", that is an Android sideload.

That's not "BlackBerry Official". Sorry, and thanks for pointing that out.

I cannot find a "BB Official" youtube app in BBW. The thing that comes preloaded on your BB10 phone is just a browser link to the youtube mobile URL. That's what I meant, sorry if that caused some misunderstandings. :-)

My name is Prem, I'm using BBM ... from my QuZe10 ...whatarhyme...

This may be a stupid question but, would an app like FastTube use less data than the browser?

Posted via CB10

If you tend to watch the same video then preloading on FastTube will save data.

8310 >> 9800 >> Z10 (Forever BlackBerry)

The browser is great but I use a third party app for YouTube. I find the audio has a slight stutter when using the browser on YouTube. It drives me bonkers :(

Posted via CB10

Pretty good, allows you to pre-load / cache videos for later consumption.

Good when you can grab them while near a wifi spot, and watch later if you're on a limited data plan.

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

Fast Tube and SuperTube are both good thrid party apps.. they are fast and easy to use..

C0014768C (Amazingly Funny..)

Because their programmer is a dolt who hasn't figured out that if people are using the app they clearly also want to be able to vote on the app or maybe they just don't want you voting from the app. Either case it's a fail on crackberry part to NOT have fixed this issue when they did the update a while back.

Posted via CB10

I know that feel, bro. I've got giant fingers and those are such tiny radios. I feel like the T-Rex from Meet the Robinsons.

Mmm...CB10! Just the tip though...

Same problem again with these polls. Can't vote without distorting the result. Please think a bit more when creating them.

I use both, native browser and FastTube.
No option for that in the poll.

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

YouTube native app seems to be the best. I often share the content with my smart TV and it does it better.
Maybe we'll have a built for BlackBerry application in BlackBerry World someday :)

Posted via CB10

CHARLIE MURPHY!! Oh Nestlé Quick. Didn't that First rant take you back to the Ryan Seacrest article where you and I became rival Ninjas. Seems like it was yesterday. Remember when I said you had an emo haircut and you thought I was stalking you? Oh the memories.

Posted via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA  ‎BlackBerry Q10...SON!

Are all these odd threads something of a tally or what?

Crackberry, please elaborate on the state of affairs at BlackBerry and not these statistical threads please. It almost looks like you guys are bored, and are trying to create threads just for the sake of creating them.

Give us some informative threads please.

Posted Via Z10

Disagree. As an enthusiast site, you have to cover all aspects of blackberry. It would be like going to the supermarket that only sells essentials because that's all you need. Not ever having choice for a wide range of people so more come back!

Posted via CB10

FastTube. I like it more than the YouTube mobile or YouTube Android app. It's minimalist

Posted via CB10

Great, once you've set it to desktop mode, it seems to keep the setting via a cookie, even when you launch it via the "app" later.

Yes, prefer desktop in landscape mode on the Z10. Beats FastTube for search, selection and usability, IMHO.

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

I used to use fast tube, but since the website allows you to play the video full screen on an external device (play on option) while fast tube doesn't, I've started to just use the browser.

I have fast tube but rarely use it. I hate that it does not stay in landscape for searching and that you can't view comments while watching a video. Makes it useless for the way I use YouTube

Posted via CB10

Yup. BlackBerry 10 is in the same company as Windows Phone. They can't get it right with YouTube and Google either.

While the browser is really good, for YouTube on BB10, FastTube is much better!

Posted using my beautiful monster LG G2 / BlackBerry Z30

I've got all the apps I need and more...
(I currently have 9 pages of apps not to mention the apps I have in groups etc.)

Enjoy your windows phone, I personally think you would enjoy and be better off with a Z30 though...

I always used fast tube but lately have been using the android version, native would be nice at some point.

Posted via CB10

Native browse because it's awesome. More HTML5 in the future would be nice, but flash support is a great bonus! Faster than anything I've used on a mobile before.

BlackBerry Z30 STA-100-2 running :D

You know what is funny.. the fact that on my Q10 the poll box is cut of in a way I can not see the percentage of the vote. ;)

FastTube is a great alternative for my Q10, on my Z10 I mostly used the browser when I had it. But I also have the actual youtube app due to sideloading

Posted via CB10

I used fast tube. As I can play videos in the background without them stopping. This is good for me as I use YouTube to listen to music mostly.

Posted with my BlackBerry Z10 running 10.2 via CB10

Native browser is good, but youtube playback is not smooth - video is OK, but the sound stops every few seconds for a split second. It does it always, both on wifi and on the cellular network. This is the only reason why I am using FastTube.

Haha looks like a fight in the sandbox up above. I use both the canned youtube app and the browser about 50:50

Posted via CB10

I tried the android version through SNAP just the other day but it was hit and miss on video playback and wouldn't allow me to sign into my Google account.

Back to the trusty browser for this guy, were I already am signed in and it's been working fine from day 1.

Posted via CB10

Browser when sent links via native apps or Android youtube app otherwise or if looking for something.

I like the blackberry browser. It's worked good for me so far. I have used the mobile chrome before but I didn't like the way it functioned and it seemed slow compared to BlackBerry browser.

Posted via CB10 with my BlackBerry Z10

I decided to try out Fast Tube, and then I found out it doesn't continue playing the videos in the background when you go to the home screen.

It's been deleted.


Posted from my brain to your screen via CBQ10

Yea that definitely sucks but playback and everything else is way better, hopefully the dev changes that for us, at least for music if nothing else.

Posted via CB10

I am all so use android official YouTube on blackberry Z30. Which is the best!!?

Posted via CB10

I use fast tube because the videos always play and there is no playback issues, with the browser sometimes the voice stops playing or the video gets stuck at a certain point or the video screen will flash with the ad info like the length till skip stays on the screen while viewing the video. I've noticed the video plays back better with less issues when not in landscape which ducks because I always want to see more not less video.

Posted via CB10

I wish the browser had full screen mode, and didn't have bugs where the back button disappeared while viewing some sited. But I use the browser for most things that lack proper apps. Including youtube

Posted via CB10

Stock browser. I did try and purchase other options, such as Max Safe Browser and Web Splitter (actually a neat idea and works really well), and Kickvox is cool for in depth searches (needed more functions added to it), but the core Web browser gets the job done in a hurry. I need to check out Evolution as well.

I used my Z10 to create this CrackBerry madness!

Browser for me! Rarely have any problems except when trying to load a mobile video while desktop mode is on. Lol. I love the speed and quality that I get from the browser. No need for an app.

Posted via CB10 Z10STL100-4/

Of course! Even though it isn't as fancy as the others out there it's very reliable. I wish there was a keyboard shortcut for new tab, that would be fantastic.

And I love that the keyboard shortcuts works with the Z30 as well in the browser, all I need now is the new tab shortcut!

Photos captured using BlackBerry devices - C00016D81

I usually use the browser but now that fast tube open links I'll be using that more often where applicable

Posted via CB10

When the browser is super good, why do you need special apps? To make you feel good about having a dozen or so icons on your screen? I use the browser for my local newspaper, YouTube, banking at both my financial institutions, etc. I feel having specialized apps only clutters up my screen. The browser is right there on my first screen. One app for many things. Simple.

Posted via CB10

I love most of these comments, however a certain few posters seem to be hell bent on turning the comment section in something similar to what you might read on BGR. Sad.

Posted via CB10

The browser was my primary means of watching YouTube up until a couple of months ago. I was experiencing buffering and lag a little more often than normal. Plus, I kept hearing about the cache feature a couple of third party apps had. Now I use SuperTube. I found it was the best one in my experience / research. FastTube buffered too much for me and wasn't as feature rich compared to SuperTube in the beginning. StereoTube didn't offer a free version / chance to try it out first before buying, and another app I had tried didn't offer a good experience.

Posted via CB10

YouTube on desktop mode works fine for me. I don't watch a lot of videos often enough but maybe I'll try third party in the near future.

Sent from the best touch keyboard, the Z.

I use both the blackberry browser and Maxthon browser on the Z10. I have downloaded the android Maxthon apk and have installed. Indeed both browsers are faster than the ones I have tested on Samsung, HTC ect. Blackberry on bench tests which I have run come out on top. I used to be Andoid nutter and I still use Android devices but nothing compares with BB10

I would use the native browser but the mobile site only gives the option for HQ which is 480p.

Because of that I use Super tube using the invoke from browser option that auto plays 720p.

Posted via CB10

I mainly use the official YouTube app. If I want to cast something to my ChromeCast I use the Android one.

The browser does everything I need it to and quickly at that. I never found a reason to look for an app. The browser is more than sufficient; it's superb.

Posted via CB10

If I'm watching videos directly on my Z10, I use the native browser. If I want to show the videos on my TV using Chromecast I use the Android YouTube app because I'm able to cast it to my TV.

Posted via CB10 app  คภ๔гєฬ® Z10 *US*

To be honest I didn't even know there were third party apps available for you tube on my Z10 as I didn't see the need for them. The browser on my Z10 is flawless. It's the best experience I've had on any mobile phone I've used so far. There's just no comparison

I like browser and I would use it a lot more for things like Youtube or ebay if you could organize the bookmarks. It's faster to tap an app then scroll threw bookmarks that don't seem to have any particular order.

Posted via CB10

Stereo tube. Fast cues with no commercials. Let's you save videos for later. I have it on my z10 and just got for my playbook. Hdmi out works

Vtecberry Z10

I think it depends on needs. If you actually go to YouTube for watching videos, then sure dedicated apps make sense

If you watch or look for a particular video, then browser is fine. I can search for a video using universal search and I'm golden.

Posted via CB10

I use the browser. The application always gives me errors like the media format cannot be played or something.

Posted via CB10

Wtf are ya'll talking about? He ask for a comment, and all everybody seems to be worried about is who post was first or second.. SMH. Stick to the Damn topic..

Posted via CB 10 on my z10

Yes using the BlackBerry browser to play youtube. Tired of the zillion apps to do stuff you can do on the web.

Posted via CB10

FastTube is the best app for YouTube. Although the hd option doesn't always load so you have to go keep going back and clicking the video till you get the hd option.

Posted via CB10

I would prefer to stick with the browser, but I find it stalls mid-play more often than not, so I then switch over to Fast Tube. I also find it's a crap shoot whether or not the browser automatically switches to full screen player or if I have to manually do it. It is those times when the browser doesn't switch on it's own that playback usually stalls.

Posted via CB10

I use the Browser. The mobile Youtube page on BB10 browser works better than most native apps on other platforms. The browser know playing in background. You can even pause and continue by pressing the mittle button on the right sinde. This works not only for Youtube but for most video enabled websites.
Since the Youtube page can't cache I have troubles watching YT over weak cellular connections.

Posted via CB10

I would use the browser to surf any webpage that I could! This browser facebook is better than the facebook apps in blackberry! Facebook apps for BlackBerry is just buggy and lag.. please improve it!

Posted via CB10

Fast-tube does not organize their video results well. If I'm looking for a specific video, I'll have a heck of a time scrolling down.

Posted via q10.2

Um duh? SuperTube or FasTube are both great options, so slick and without the lagging that the browser version has. I prefer SuperTube, but I have the other as well

Posted via CB10

I used to use the android port but after trying fast tube I prefer it over the android port.

Posted via CB10

Over wi Fi, no issues. That's how. Over 3g, yeah it's dumb. But then everything slows down over 3g networks.

Posted by the inimitable Z10 handheld system

Native browser does everything you need! Why in the world would you load any other browser? It's not like the old legacy device browser which was brutal.

Posted via CB10

I tend to lose audio when I view YouTube 6 out of 10 videos viewed.. I end up using fastube.. anything else on the net the browser kicks ass but for some reason YouTube doesn't do so well

Posted via CB10

I love Fast Tube, i find it works way better the pre loaded one by far! Also upgraded to pre-load videos and it works like a charm. it has never clitched or slowed down on me ever.

Posted via CB10

I said 3rd party app, but it is actually a mix of both...


Posted via CB10

People don't really mention that a good browser can replace a dozen apps. Way to go html5 blackberry!

Posted via CB10

Definitely YouTube app is better than Browser to watch YouTube.Sometimes freezes. Frustrating opening to full screen without a trackPad.I just might break the screen with my thumb! BlackBerry make an app for YouTube!!

It's one of many step in right direction!

In mean time we have FastTube. Best app for watching YouTube on BlackBerry.


Lead. Do not Follow.

Posted via CB10

I use the native browser for just about everything. It's better then any browser currently available on any mobile platform.

Oh cr*p posted w/o finishing comment by accident. These are the times I wish I could edit posts on CB10. I meant to say that Fast tube is good. The odd thing is, even after downloading it, liking it and using it a bit, I would still gravitate back to the native browser to watch YouTube. So I deleted it in the end.

Posted by the inimitable Z10 handheld system

FastTube is good for watching youtube.. playing youtube in native browser always stalls while watching.

Posted via CB10

BlackBerry 10's browser is so fast, I think I would still use it to browse YouTube if an official app was released.

Posted via CB10

You me an there is an aftermarket app for youtube?

And I have been using the browser all along.

Posted via CB10

BOTH (browser and FastTube).

Will likely use FastTube a WHOLE lot more, now that you can open youtube links directly into FastTube.

THEY NEED LANDSCAPE MODE for video browsing though! This is the only major weakness with FastTube.

CB10 : Z10 STL100-3

Sometimes I use fastube, sometimes I use the browser... which do I vote for?

Posted via CB10 for BlackBerry Q10

After Google got rid of true HD on the web version for BB10, I downloaded FastTube. Now I have real HD and I don't have to watch ads either :)

Posted via the super amazing BlackBerry Q10

YouTube us useless for me because von isn't working in my z10
All my favourite official Japanese music band channels are partly blocked Herr in Germany because the gemacht stuff...
Need my notebook for watching the newest pV

Wenn du mir sagst, was dort draußen richtig ist, werde ich nicht mehr versuchen dich zu küssen... (Sayumi Whisp)

If I am searching for a video I will use FastTube or DailyMotion app, if someone sends me a link by BBM or email I open it in the BB10 browser.

Sent from my iPuh-lease-as-IF

I usually use FastTube if I'm going to watch videos for awhile because if I watch videos in the browser the control bar is so small that it's hard for me touch it on the Z10. Maybe that's just me though and my settings? Not sure.

Posted via CB10

i used to use the browser for youtube but now that droid apps run so much smoother (and more compatible) on the latest leak (.1925) that running the YouTube droid app is sufficient.

Tried fast tube after the exposé on CB and seemed like a nice app. A little misleading as all the features are only on the paid version. The brower works just fine for my purposes.

Posted via CB10

I use the native browser! I have never had an issue and can always see any website I need. BlackBerry did a great job with this one!

From the mind of a mAnIaC

I use the stock browser for everything. Tried evolution browser, found it lacking the "open link in new tab" feature (a really basic feature in free browsers nowadays, ridiculous that a paid browser should not have it). I use an app for twitter, but a browser shortcut for facebook. I tried other browsers including a few android ones and was not as satisfied with any of them as I am with the stock browser. Youtube vids work fine in stock browser and I just double tap the screen to bring up full frame. Easy, quick and reliable.

Posted with CB10 via Q10 running

I love this factory browser but now I'm using Opera MINI as it is far more data friendly and hitting 3.1 gb in 2 weeks on bb browser would put me over my plan

I use the browser. I like how it plays even when I'm using another app. Don't watch many videos though. I do hope we get an app one day, as well as other Google apps.

Posted via CB10 on my Q10

I used to use FastTube, but then it's hard to multitask with it, as you can't keep a video running in an Active Frame, unless you pay for it.

I tend to visit the hub often, as Facebook messages can't be responded to via the reply button on a notification bar. And visiting the hub pauses the video which can sometimes be annoying. I only use the app when I'm not talking to anyone.

The browser on the other hand, 1/5 of the time, the video doesn't play, and only will when I refresh. That can be a hassle, but I prefer that time taken if I can keep the video running in the background.

BlackBerry Z10 /

Browser; embedded videos can be tricky if the page code is crappy but of course the page coder is to blame in that case.
Speaking of which, it's astounding how many "professional" websites for "big name" companies aren't remotely HTML 5 compliant.

Posted via CB10

I use fast-tube and really enjoy it, it's definitely fast as the name implies. Could use the native, but fast -tube is my current favorite for you tube videos....

Posted via CB10

I didn't vote cos there's no option that describe my situation. I am using the the browser, because not that I like it, but, I have no other option. I do have Fast Tube, but I don't like it either. To enjoy the full benefits you have to pay. And all the other youtube apps for BlackBerry are payed as well. When I buy devices that are on on other platforms, I get a feature rich youtube app free!! Why only BlackBerry has to make the youtube experience so complicated for it's customers?? If basic things like this aren't resolved, I doubt blackberry could ever come out of the misery that it is in currently. Changing CEO, Management strategy etc will not help if you fail to address such basic issues well in time.

Posted via CB10 from my Awesome Q10

I have a fast tube and bookmarked shortcut. YouTube still has some videos that won't show up for official Android YT apps and also for the BlackBerry Fast Tube app.

Posted via CB10

The YouTube app works brilliantly though I haven't tested Fasttube. Does the YouTube app work via the browser? I'm not sure, I voted without thinking things through. .. d'oh!

.1925 bangingest version, so frickin' good. Zeddy approves.

My phone came with a youtube app on it. Might be something Verizon does. I always used firefox for android on my other phones to watch you tube over the app that came with the phone. Just easier that way for me. Most of my you tube viewing comes from a link in an email or an article anyway.

I've found the browser to be utter garbage for youtube clips. Every clip I have ever tried to watch stutters in the browser. There are no network connection issues either.

Posted via CB10 on my Q10