Don’t worry! Unsurprisingly, the webOS community responded in force and solved the issue practically overnight. Who says all the devs left???
The solution came in two parts. First, webOS Nation forum user Nafetz discovered the solution to search less than 24 hours after the first problem was reported. But don’t change that dial just yet because Nafetz’s solution was quickly followed by webOS Nation user pcworld (known for such apps as Explorer for Dropbox, File Explorer, QuickChat for Facebook, Archive Manager, and FTPit!). pcworld’s in-kind response corrected the quality issue and also incorporated the search fix from Nafetz with a few patches just 24 hours after that! pcworld created 2 patches that work for different devices/webOS revisions. Here’s the breakdown:
1. Phones with webOS 1.x/2.0.x/2.1.x or any “super script” meta-doctored version of webOS use – youtube-quality-fix_2.1.0-v1.patch
2. Phones with webOS 2.2.x (not “super” meta-doctored) use – youtube-quality-fix_2.2.4-v2.patch
Not sure what version to use? Bottom line: if you have the YouTube application use the first patch. For everyone without the app but instead have a link to the mobile site, simply use the second patch.
See the pictures below for before and after shots from a Palm Pre+ meta-doctored to 2.1.0.
I think it goes without saying but a HUGE thank you to Nafetz and pcworld! If development continues, webOS continues. Thanks!