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2 Methods to Play YouTube Video on Nokia Lumia 920

After Adobe Flash Player quits from Android market, many people think that Windows 8 will be the only chance left for Adobe Flash Player in portable device market. However, it is not true because only Windows 8 Pro gets the chance to help Adobe Flash Player out. Currently speaking, the Windows 8 systems available in the market include Windows RT, Windows 8 Pro and Windows Phone 8. Except Windows 8 Pro, Windows RT is limited by so-called Flash whitelist and Windows Phone 8 is totally incompatible to Adobe Flash Player. As a consequence, users find it an awful thing that they can’t play YouTube video on Lumia 920, even though it is the best Windows 8 mobile one can find.

YouTube to Lumia 920: Lumia 920

Desktop IE 10 adds Flash Player as plugin but Metro IE 10 doesn’t. As a consequence, users may find it a fancy story to play Flash on Nokia Lumia 920. To make it worse, the web browser provided by Nokia in Nokia Lumia 920 is not as powerful as Safari on iPad tablet which can stream YouTube video directly. In terms of YouTube streaming, high-end Lumia 920 can’t even match with mid-range Andorid mobile who is accessible to Adobe Flash APK. Watching YouTube video on Lumia 920 is difficult, but there are still ways to manage it. Here two methods will be covered to allow users play YouTube video on Lumia 920.

Method I: Install YouTube App

YouTube to Lumia 920: YouTube App

Exclusively designed for Windows 8 mobiles, YouTube App provides users a perfect solution to play YouTube video on Nokia Lumia 920. With this app, Lumia 920 users can search and stream YouTube videos. However, since most of the videos in the YouTube App are HTML5 based, only limited YouTube videos can be found. That’s to say, users may not able to find the YouTube videos they desire to watch via this app. What’s more, YouTube App for Windows Phone 8 is also severely criticized by Microsoft for its poor design which is just like the mobile YouTube website, http://m.youtube.com/.   

Method II: Convert YouTube to Lumia 920

While there is no efficient way to stream YouTube video on Lumia 920, users may also give a second thoughts to the method of play YouTube video offline on the Nokia flagship mobile. To manage it, users will need to download YouTube video and then convert YouTube video to Lumia 920 movie. Even though the operations may seem to be quite complicated, it can provide the best effects. However, to manage the conversion process, users will need a YouTube to Lumia 920 converter like Moyea SWF to MP4 Converter.

Step 1: Open the page where the YouTube video lies, click “Share” tab in the page, choose “Embed” option and then check “Use old embed code” box. Then the URL address of the YouTube video will be provided in the “src=” section. Copy the first part of the URL address.

YouTube to Lumia 920: Import YouTube video

Step 2: Download and install Moyea SWF to MP4 Converter, open it and then click “Browser…” button in the panel. Choose “From URL” option in the drop-down menu, paste the URL address one has just copied and click “OK” button.

YouTube to Lumia 920: Convert YouTube to MP4

Step 3: After the YouTube video has been imported, click “Export” tab, check “Video” box and then set the output video as MP4 movie for Lumia 920 via the drop-down menu of “Style.”  Then click “Settings” button and then set the video size of the MP4 movie as “1280×768”.

YouTube to Lumia 920: Specify MP4 for Lumia 920

Step 4: After that, click “Convert” tab to enter into corresponding panel where users can start the conversion process from YouTube video to Nokia Lumia 920 movie. After the conversion ends, users can view the downloaded YouTube video on Lumia 920.

Windows RT: More Domains Will Come to Flash Whitelist

This is the best time for Adobe Flash Player who continues to be an irreplaceable program in traditional PC. This is the worst time for Adobe Flash Player who has lost support of Android and iOS devices for being a vulnerable and power consuming application in mobile market. However, contrary to most people’s predictions, Windows 8 devices are not going to follow suit. In fact, giving the fact that Microsoft is trying to add more domain names to Flash whitelist in Windows RT, Windows 8 devices will be provided with better Flash support in the future.

Flash Whitelist

What is on earth the Flash whitelist? It is true that Windows 8 has used Adobe Flash Player as a built-in plugin. However, as the versions of IE 10 vary, supports to Flash contents on Windows 8 differ. If users are using desktop IE 10 on Windows 8 Pro, they can enjoy Flash on Windows 8 devices without limitations. If they are running IE 10 on Windows RT or Metro, they are only allowed to visit Flash contents on limited websites. The list that includes those trusted websites are named Flash whitelist.

The reason for the birth of Flash whitelist can be easily seen. Since Adobe Flash Player is not an evil program, it is those poorly-secured Flash programs that bring bad reputations to Adobe Flash Player. Therefore, the solution to turn vulnerable Adobe Flash Player to become a safe application is to blacklist those hostile Flash contents. This is exactly the task Windows RT and Metro tries to manage with the Flash whitelist. Generally speaking, the most influential Flash based websites like YouTube will be added to the Flash whitelist in the first place and then other domains who have pasted the tests of Microsoft. So far, over 1000 domains are included in the Flash whitelist of Windows RT and Microsoft is working on to get more reliable Flash websites for users.

Just as every coin gets two sides, Flash whitelist makes Windows RT a securer system but brings troubles to users. Obviously, the existing domains in Flash whitelist is far from enough when compared with thousands of existing Flash based websites. Therefore, problems like playing Flash content on Surface RT turns out to be a headache of most Windows RT users when they are visiting websites that are out of the Flash whitelist.  Currently speaking, converting Flash content to Surface RT video seems to be the best idea. However, when the not fully bakes Windows RT becomes mature, those Flash websites get big chances to be included in the Flash whitelist if they are not hostile content based or poorly designed.