The fight between HTML5 videos and Flash videos has been going on for a long time. Of course Flash has the upper edge with the videos right now because of features it has. On the other hand, HTML5 videos are still in its infancy with support for only few codecs.
However, YouTube has been working with HTML5 videos for a while now and have now rolled out HTML5 videos on their mobile platform. This means that you can now watch YouTube videos on Safari on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices. Sweet right.
In addition to being able to play HTML5 videos, YouTube mobile player is also faster than the earlier one and also incorporates a larger and more touch-friendly elements making it easier to access videos on your mobile phone. YouTube mobile now also supports search suggestions (see screenshot above) and allows users to like, unlike and favorite videos from your mobile device.
According to the Google, YouTube has grown over 160% in 2009 YoY and are now playing more than 100 million videos on mobile devices a day, this is roughly equal to the number of daily playbacks YouTube.com did in 2006. Currently YouTube.com does over 2 billion video views per day.
To access the new HTML5 player on your iDevice or other mobile devices which have a HTML5 compliant browser, just head over to m.youtube.com and try out the new video player. Watch a video of the new YouTube Mobile in action or visit the official announcement post here.