News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday November 13, 2012.
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Google has updated its YouTube app for Android to make playing YouTube videos on a television even easier. The latest version of the app automatically pairs an Android device and Google TV that are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. If someone watching a YouTube video on the phone wishes to begin playback on their Google TV, the user would need only to tap on the TV icon located on the top navigation bar to begin immediate streaming.
Connecting YouTube and television has been experimented with in several other instances. The YouTube app previously worked as a remote control or added items to playlists, and Google's abandoned Nexus Q project also had a remote app to trigger YouTube streaming on the device. The YouTube Android app is the simplest of those efforts because it requires only one touch to begin streaming.
YouTube for Android acts a remote control for streaming on a Google TV. The app can pause, scroll forward or backward, and skip to the next video. That may prove to be very favorable for users who are not fans of the various Google TV keyboards and remotes that are not as easy to manage. YouTube also takes a page from the Nexus Q by allowing multiple devices to pair to a Google TV and add videos to the playlist.YouTube
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