YouTube is today announcing an exciting new feature, which could prove to be very useful for those who have a YouTube app on their TV.
Before, to use your phone to control this app, you had to go the Cast route, and that was clunky. Also, even though it worked when you found a video on your phone and wanted to watch it on the TV, you couldn’t automatically get details about the video playing on the TV on your phone unless you broadcast it.
That’s what changes. Rolling out today, the new feature lets you effortlessly connect your TV’s YouTube app to your iPhone’s or Android phone’s YouTube app—no more streaming. It’s also fully synced, so you’ll always get details about the video currently playing on your TV in your phone’s YouTube app.
Here’s how it works. Start the YouTube app on your TV, then open the YouTube app on your phone. By the way, they both need to be logged into the same account. Once you open the phone app, you will see a pop-up prompt appear and all you have to do is tap connect. Once you do that, both apps are connected and always synced with each other.
So you can use your phone’s keyboard to search for things to watch on TV, or you can comment on your phone on a video you’re currently watching on your TV, or you can check the description on your phone of a video that you’re watching on the TV. It’s complicated to explain in text, but it should make instant intuitive sense once you get the new feature, and it’s likely to be one of those we’ll all wonder how we ever lived without.
As with anything Google, it may take some time to roll out. It’s unclear if this will be a server-side rollout or if you’ll need to get an update to the YouTube app on your phone, but either way, you should have that soon. new feature. And YouTube is also already working on other things related to interactivity in the living room. For example, it’s testing new designs for the video watch page “to help integrate more unique YouTube features – such as browsing and purchasing products featured in videos” – which is shown in the video. image above.