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Google Looking to Sync Your Phone and TV With New YouTube Update

Google has been trying to figure out how to invade your living room and big-screen TV for a while now, something they have proven by not letting Google TV die. The latest update to YouTube is aimed at making your switching between mobile and big-screen a little easier.

Mobile has been able to sync videos to Google TV for a while, but now as long as the two devices are on the same WiFi network, it will do it automatically. All you have to do is press the little TV symbol on the YouTube app and you can watch it in high definition. Your phone then becomes your remote and allows you to switch videos and play/pause while you watch. The update doesn’t seem to be live just yet but Google promises we will be seeing “this feature coming to more devices and screens in the future.”

Will any of you fire up your Google TVs to use this new feature when it does go live?

Via: YouTube

  • Seth Merritt

    This should be a no brainer, when will the google music app be able to do this? Come on!

  • Brian

    So the developer Nexus Q I bought was pointless. Ha. Should have known.

  • JMonkeYJ

    will this work with youtube on my PC? i would love to use my phone as a remote for my PC (besides using it as a touchpad/keyboard, which is what i do now)…

  • Google TV is kinda worthless until it supports Miracast.

  • This is pretty awesome.

  • Adam Klein

    If this works on xbmc I’m in love

  • Brian Inglut

    I hate my Google TV it sucks so bad..there’s zero communication between my phone and the box and its more of a pi ain than anything

  • Jake

    I’ve been doing this for a while already by sharing to the Google TV Remote app. The integration mentioned in this article will save me a couple of screen taps, so that’s nice. In another article on the same topic, the author wondered whether this spelled the end of the Google TV Remote app, and I hope that’s not the case. I use the sharing feature to send a whole lot more than just YouTube to my TV. I send web pages and other video sources, like Vimeo, to my Logitech Revue (Google TV) unit.

  • Google TV is not perfect by any means, but any Android user who doesn’t have one is missing out. It’s a great “enhancement” to just plain ol’ watching TV.

  • I just kind of use the YouTube app on my google TV…. 🙂

  • I’ll definitly check it out. Im just glad we’re seeing support. Flash crashed on me the other day in the middle of a game! I’ve got to say, those are the worst 200 dollars I have ever spent.

  • Ryan

    I’ve been using it with our PS3 for a month or two now, makes searching soooo much easier.

    • Bigwavedave25

      Yeah, I was so excited when I got this working!
      So, I guess this update will make it easier. No need for a PS3…?

      Now BUMP for Miracast to get working and not have a need for a common WiFi signal!

      • Steve Thornton

        Miracast is over Wifi.

        • Bigwavedave25

          Allow me to rephrase…
          No need for a “common internet connection” 🙂
          Yes, they will both need to be Wifi Direct capable devices.

  • Verizon

    I’ve been able to do this since ICS.

  • Joe Paul

    Can we get it to beam to another phone so I can use the HDMI on an old phone and get it to stream on the big screen?

  • XF1ber

    I got this feature last week, and it seems to work well now.

  • Mordecaidrake

    This works with the PS3 too, I noticed it about a week or two ago. I was able to beam what youtube videos I was watching to it and it synced up.

    • Ken Bosse

      quality is terrible though, at least it was for me

      • Seedster

        not for me…HD music vids galore. fell in love with this feature as soon as i figure it out

      • iNfAMOUS70702

        tried it with my ps3 and every vid was in amazing HD quality

      • Sam

        Quality is decent but continuous buffering made it damn near useless.Netflix runs perfectly fine, but for whatever reason YouTube constantly buffers.

    • c4v3man

      Also works on the Xbox360.

      • how?

        • c4v3man

          Login with your gmail account on the YouTube app on the x360, then in the x360 app there’s a spot to pair as a YouTube TV. Type the code on your android device, name the screen, and you’re done.

      • 4n1m4L

        and the Q, whatever that is 8,(

  • ddevito

    ’bout damn time. Now do this with ALL my freakin media on my Android device. C’mon Google step up

  • Pdiddy187

    I recently (2 or 3 weeks ago) got an update to my Revue and it appeared to allow Netflix to do the same thing. Unfortunately it just hangs for two minutes and then gives the error that my Google TV device is no longer on the same network. Hopefully this works.

  • David Henry

    I am liking these new integrations with Google TV. Netflix has been doing that for a little while now. Quite excited that YouTube is on board too.

    • Pdiddy187

      Have you ever been able to get that to work? What Google TV box do you have? Both my Gnex and tablet won’t work with the Revue.

      • David Henry

        I have a Revue, Xoom, and Nexus 7. Might be able to explain the Gnex disconnect if you are using LTE instead of being on the same network as your Revue

        • Pdiddy187

          Interesting. I’m definitely on WiFi as I was able to get YouTube to work. I found this article stating that GTV devices aren’t currently supported. http://bit.ly/OIz84e

    • Didn’t know this, yeah, what is your setup?

      • David Henry

        I have a Logitech Revue and both a Xoom and a Nexus 7. All three are tied to the same Netflix account and are on the same wireless network which I assume are both necessary for it to work right.