Via their YouTube blog, Google has announced a key new feature they have added to their YouTube Android application for mobile and Google TV. The new app now pairs Android devices and Google TV on the same Wi-Fi network and allows users to stream videos from their mobile devices to the television. More specifically, users who update their YouTube app will now see a new button that gives them the ability to play videos from their devices directly to their television with just a tap.
YouTube Product Manager Timbo Drayson on the official YouTube Blog stated:
“Just find a video on your YouTube app for Android — like the latest video from GoPro or H+ The Digital Series — click the TV icon that appears, and the video will play instantly on your Google TV”.
Drayson continued to mention that this was something the company has been thinking about for the last 2 years and finally has gotten it functional for the public.
As the video streams, users can control actions, such as pause, scroll, or skip, with their mobile device, as if it were a remote control, and they can even connect multiple devices to create a playlist. Moreover, since the devices are cloud-connected, as Drayson noted, they can do things like “find the next video to watch from your tablet or browse around the web on your phone, all while the video plays on TV.”