Remember YouTube Remote? It was a standalone application that offered users the ability to send YouTube videos from their Android phone to a Google TV device for playback on a larger screen. It also provided the ability to control playback using the Android interface. Now the functionality has been rolled into the main YouTube app as part of its latest update.
The app allows multiple Android devices to pair with Google TV, offering uninterrupted playback of videos that any user can queue up. A TV icon is now present in the app. One touch enables playback on a larger screen.
The update continues Google’s half-hearted push to integrate the mobile Android OS with it’s TV counterpart, but with little in the way of innovation for the Google TV platform we’re left wondering why the tech giant is even bothering. Don’t get us wrong. We have always felt fondly about Google TV and have hoped for its success, but Google spent more time recently developing the ill-fated Nexus Q than it did making any effort to provide users with a great internet-connected TV device.
We’ll take the apps now, but a Nexus TV priced as affordably as the recent run of Google’s branded Android products could go a long way in establishing Google TV as a serious contender for powering the connected living room.