YouTube has announced the release of a new Android app update that it says will make it “easier to play videos from your phone or tablet on your TV,” via a blogpost. The app will automatically pair an enabled mobile device with Google TV as long as they are both using the same Wi-Fi signal, allowing for one-touch sharing of content.
The user will need to look for YouTube content in the application and press an accompanying TV icon which will stream the chosen video on Google TV. The mobile device will in-turn be transformed into a makeshift remote control and will allow the user to scroll, skip the video and pause the TV.
The application will also take advantage of cloud technology affording users the ability to connect multiple devices to the same TV - a feature that YouTube hopes will be used in social setting as friends can add their own choices to the TV playlist.
"It's all about making this super simple to watch the videos on TV," said YouTube product manager Timbo Drayson during an interview with CNET.
“My goal here is really just to enable my mum to do it, I want her to be able to not even realise what she's doing, and without even knowing it she's finding videos and watching them on TV.”
The upgrade will be available for non-Android devices in the near future.