BlackBerry 10 gets another awesome YouTube app - this time it's SuperTube

By James Richardson on 4 Feb 2014 12:30 am EST
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It was only recently that we posted a poll asking if BlackBerry 10 users preferred to use the native browser or a third party application for watching YouTube videos. The results were pretty conclusive with two thirds of votes going towards the browser option. However, there is now a new kid in town if you fancy trying out a native BlackBerry 10 YouTube application and that's SuperTube. 

SuperTube for YouTube is free to download, however there are some limitations with the free edition. I was happy to pay via an in-app purchase for the pro version so I could sign into my YouTube account - giving me full access to my playlists, favorites etc. 

Even after the poll I'm still an app kinda guy and SuperTube is up there with the best - that's for sure. I just love the whole BlackBerry 10 feeling when it comes to an app like this. Everything runs so smoothly and all the features are easily accessible from the one tab at the bottom left of the display. 

In terms of features that the pro version has to offer they are huge - as you'll see below: 

  • BlackBerry® 10 native look and feel.
  • BBM connected application.
  • Key shortcuts for devices with physical keyboard (Q10 and Q5).
  • View YouTube videos on your Smart TV, PS3, PC browser or any other device that support leanback (experimental)
  • Support of VEVO videos
  • Bright or Dark theme for video list
  • Switch video quality 144p, 240p, 360p, 720p and 1080p when available as default or while watching
  • Choose different preferred resolution to play when connected to Wi-Fi or to mobile data
  • Built-in video player
  • Continue listen to videos while in active frame
  • Keep listen to videos while performing searches and other application functions by swiping the player
  • Current video thumbnail, title and state (play/pause) displayed in the Active frame
  • Search videos with sort and filters parameters within a handy pull down to reveal page
  • See and post comments and replies
  • Choose what you want to see when application starts (PL, subscriptions, category etc) - Rate, share videos and copy video link to clipboard to use elsewhere
  • Share also entire playlist or favorites video links
  • Manage Subscriptions, Playlists, Favorites, Watch Later - "Open in" and "Share" YouTube link from other applications supported to play the video with Super2
  • Categories from YouTube (games, music, news etc.)
  • Search history and YouTube suggests while typing.
  • Play all supported video files on your phone stored in video, camera, downloads folder and SD card - Choose different kind of UI layout also with pinch to zoom
  • Automatically play the next video.

Sounds pretty sweet don't you think? Hit up the comments with your feedback if you'd be so kind. 

More information/Download SuperTube for BlackBerry 10

Reader comments

BlackBerry 10 gets another awesome YouTube app - this time it's SuperTube

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It's definitely better performing! Really fast and smooth! But the icon is super ugly so I still prefer the android youtube app

Sorry, but that's kind of a dumb reason to not use it... Unless they've updated it since then, when I tried this app before I found it to be really unreliable. Videos sometimes would not load, requiring me to go back and forth before they will play. I wonder if that's been fixed...

Posted without the aid of AutoCorrect with my physical keyboard via CB10

If the design of the UI was poor, that affects how you use the app. The icon really serves no purpose other than for you to recognize that it is the app you wish to launch. Sorry if being superficial is what it means to be "with the times." Call me old-fashioned then... Hey, I don't care about fashion either and I don't watch E television, so at least I'm consistent...

Posted without the aid of AutoCorrect with my physical keyboard via CB10

I haven't had that issue. The developer is quite active in the CrackBerry forums if you search for Super2 (original name of the app).

#CoSign on look of icon not being a God to reason to not use the app. Especially if it works and is reliable, which this one is. I use it daily.

Posted via CB10

Yah, I downloaded it again to give it another shot. I know, we actually care about something as silly as "function." How silly of us. We should "get with the times" and care more about how pretty an icon is. We should wear skinny jeans and style our hair too...

Posted without the aid of AutoCorrect with my physical keyboard via CB10

Bingo! You should get with the times! Sounds like you got a real issue with presentation. Must not be going your way in your life lol

Everything seems good to me with this app, my only issue (which annoys me a lot) are some problems when rotating the screen

Posted via CB10

I prefer this over fast tube:
1. Allows music to continue playing in active frame
2. Can continuously loop a video for music or create your own play list
3. Can preload videos up to 50mb or 1 whole video whichever one is greater
4. All above mentioned features are free

Posted via CB10

I like FastTube for the Q10 as you can tap the top right corner icon when watching a video and enlarge the screen but note that will cause the video to cut at the sides but if your watching a tutorial like a CrackBerry video it zooms in perfectly!

Keep The Faith  BlackBerry Q10 

Agreed. I payed for the full version of FastTube and I'm fine with it. I do wish it would output over HDMI 16:9 like the native video player does though.

Posted via CB10 via the power of " Q "

Been using Fast Tube. Every time I try to use a YouTube link in CB10 or Blaq, it starts and plays a bit, then crashes the original app. I've never searched the forums to see if that's a common thing.

Posted via CB10

Love SuperTube! Replaced FastTube with it and never went back. Love how the video continues to play outside of the app so I can listen to podcasts while working on other applications.

Fast Tube does that too, but only if you pay for it...

Posted without the aid of AutoCorrect with my physical keyboard via CB10

However, you can minimise the video you currently playing and keep searching for other videos in Supertube.

Yeah I have been using it, Fastube is like a backup.
It has more features for the free version but yeah, the icon is kind of ugly to be honest

Posted with my BlackBerry

Seriously... how often do you even see the icon? You literally see it for a split second before you touch it to launch the app...

Posted without the aid of AutoCorrect with my physical keyboard via CB10

Lord have mercy that's the ugliest icon I have ever seen.

Someone needs to setup a seminar for BB10 developers on icon design.

So much better than FastTube, but God they need a better icon design and the start screen is even worst.

Posted via CB10

Supertube is not new, i had it installed since few months back. What i noticed though is if the video is long (more than an hour) the audio gets out of sync along the way. This goes true with fasttube too, but is ok under browser. Tested using wifi.

Z10 10.2.1.1925

I don't mind the icon at all, and in my experiences the app runs better than Fastube. Love the new dark theme too

Posted via CB10

Third party apps are nice and I tried out Supertube, but for me the native browser is amazing enough. Prefer it over everything else to be honest.

Posted via my love powered Q10

Is the android YouTube app really that good?

I'm sort of a newbie with YouTube apps so was wondering what the difference is between our BlackBerry native YouTube app and the android ones.

Yes it's a BlackBerry. If you have something bad to say... speak to Easton!

I saw the app before in BlackBerry World, but I didn't install it, because of the icon told me this is a really bad app, but after reading the article in CB, everything changed, this app got all the features I needed, comparing to fastube, is one have access to fav and likes, watch later and more, I hope it's reflect my watching to the history of my Youtube account. I will keep trying

Posted via CB10

Love the hard work BB10 devs are putting in! The app is pretty damn good but I agree, that icon is hideous lol :/

Posted via CB10

Always prefer browser over any app. More control, and desktop mode in BB10 is awesome. What you can do in a browser, don't do it in an app.

CB is the only exception. But sometimes it helps to check on the desktop, especially if your going through long lists of topics in the forums.

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

That said, I would have bought Supertube, if the upgrade to Pro wasn't an in-app purchase. Dislike in-app purchases with passion, rather have a free and a pro version to chose from, straight in BBW. You might end up being on your own if restore fails after a wipe.

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

Freemium apps usually have an "Already purchased" button. So if you wipe and reinstall your purchased app, just chose that and without any fee, you will have back the pro

Switched from fast tube to this a while back. Having the ability to play videos, while in active frame won me over.

Have to pay for that in fast tube.

I experience buffering at times when I use the browser. Also, it's harder to scroll forward or back from the browser and making the video full screen doesn't help, in my opinion. Next, this app (and a couple of others) gives you the ability to cache videos for offline viewing. The free version of SuperTube and pro version allow caching - pro version, obviously, has a much higher cap for caching.

Posted via CB10

Why is using an app better than using the browser and vice versa? Any time I need to view a video link I use the browser anyway, so what's the fuss?

Posted via CB10

If you make parties, put you BlackBerry in hdmi and lunch supertube in 720p and enjoy, it's beautiful. I have a very good home cinema and supertube in playlist + hdmi : wonderful

Posted via CB10

This app is far from new. I didn't care for FastTube and a couple of others that I tried but, this app won me over quite some time ago (back when it was still called Super2), and the developer has made numerous updates since then. The other apps (and the browser) actually buffered for me during playback without my scrolling forward of backward, plus, I couldn't do any caching on the free version, if at all on the pro version.

SuperTube, to me, is very user friendly, is smooth running, caching works wonderfully (even on the free version), and I love that you can copy and paste a YouTube link in the search field to bring up a video. This is great for unlisted videos that people send you. I wasn't able to do that when I tried it with other apps. If I didn't have my own channel for YouTube, the free version would be all I need, but I still would have paid for the pro version just to have the extra caching space.

Posted via CB10

I prefer the android YouTube app because it's more feature rich and also works with the chromecast. The browser or third party versions do not allow for this.

Posted via CB10

I don't know if chromecast is the same, but SuperTube has the leanback experimental feature that let you play videos from the phone to smart tv, xbox, pc browser etc

Chromecast is different than leanback. I have a chromecast stick AND a paid version of the app.

I don't have a smart TV but the chromestick allows me to play directly to the TV.

Download the app and try it. Google has done an awesomejob with it. Ofciurse without Google services you can't login so that kind defeats the purpose for me.

Love the app. Also, waiting for full black theme for my Q10.

G

Posted via CB10

Watching youtube from the browser on the Q10 makes the video super small as is SuperTube but FastTube you can hit the top right icon and zoom into the video.

Keep The Faith  BlackBerry Q10 

Waste of money half baked app. Videos only play in the bottom corner of the screen about 1/4 of usable display. First I taught is a limitation of the free version but after payment is still the same. Back to Android YouTube app...

Posted via CB10

Personally I went right ahead and purchased the full version. I will keep Fast Tube for the quick and dirty version of viewing but Super tube promises to have the best all around viewing experience. I am interested in the preloaded video experience. I have some preloaded videos from Down tube. More later.

Christopherburk.ca

Been using FastTube every since and I don't have any complain.

I will try this and compare

Posted via CB10