Man, news is coming fast and furious, isn't it? Here's another one to add to the pile: a big YouTube update. The "What's New" section on the Play Store reads:

What's in this version:

Android 3.2+ devices: v.4.0
* New UI: Guide on the left side of the screen with instant access to channels
* Preload videos while on WiFi and charging for smooth playback on the go
* Turn your phone into a remote, to play YouTube videos on other devices
* Access your watch History across devices

Earlier Android devices: v.2.4
* Sign-in with Google account
* HD playback (on capable phones)
* Multiple bug fixes

First up, let's check out the new look:

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YouTube has switched to the same left-side menu style as Google+. Hitting the Up button (the YouTube logo in the top left) will make the UI slide over to reveal it. The video list looks a lot like Google+, too. You get wide thumbnails with info overlaid on top. Tapping a video brings up the new player page, with a like/dislike bar, and redesigned timeline scrubber.

You may have also spotted the new play button icon in the action bar, that's for a remote screen control feature called YouTube TV.

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YouTube TV is basically YouTube Remote, but fully integrated. YTTV lets you control any device with a web browser from your phone. Visit youtube.com/leanback on the viewing device, hit pair, and you'll get a code. On Android, hit the menu button and tap "Add YouTube TV," and you'll get a spot for the code. Now you can remote control your TV from YouTube. This setup is a one time thing, it will remember your devices from now on! easy!

The other picture up there is of the new Preloading feature. You can also automatically download videos from your subscriptions or your "watch later" list, for easy viewing on crappy connections.


Ron Amadeo
Ron loves everything related to technology, design, and Google. He always wants to talk about "the big picture" and what's next for Android, and he's not afraid to get knee-deep in an APK for some details. Expect a good eye for detail, lots of research, and some lamenting about how something isn't designed well enough.
  • fixxmyhead

    damn so much news i gotta go over after work

  • http://twitter.com/LinkofHyrule89 Matthew

    Yeah but it's for ICS only I'm pretty sure :(

  • tylerbrainerd

    What a great feature! I wonder how it integrates in terms of google tv as well?

  • Danielgpoint

    Anyone wSable to find the History at the 4.o version for 3.2+ devices???

    • http://twitter.com/Pascalwb Pascal

      Click on your profile. 

  • Cordos George

    To tell you the truth, I hate the new interface on my tablet.

    The older one was so nice, the video carousel was divine. What do we have now? Another resized phone interface which looks kind of "too big". Also, too much wasted space.

    • http://androidforums.com/members/spartoi.html Spartoi

      Exactly, the new UI is a massive step back.

  • patapongirl

    The new app looks and feels so great on my GNex. I'm seriously impressed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1833212652 Chris Mckechnie

    Whats with the search button in place of the multitasking one?

    • mduran1023

      That's the author playing around with his phone.

    • mduran1023

      That's the author playing around with his phone.

      • Ron Amadeo

        Yep. AOKP.

  • ericl5112

    I updated to the latest version on my transformer.  No new UI, no video preloads, I can't tell it's a new version.  Says 4.0.8E.  Same version as on my ICS phone with the new UI and preloading.

    That said, I really don't want to get rid of that awesome carousel.

    • Zsolt

      Same here! No visual changes to the UI on TF101. Does anybody know how to get the changes onto the

  • http://twitter.com/Pascalwb Pascal

    I like new UI. 

  • Josh Flowers

    don't have this layout on my 2.3.7 Thunderbolt (rooted)

    and no update in the market...man..this phone was the worst decision i've made with Android so far.

    Nexus all the way, going forward (non-Verizon, i mean)

    • Alan

      You need to read what the "What's New" section to find out why, the new layout is for 3.2+ devices.

    • yarrellray

      Yes perfect solution. Time to KICK VERIZON to the curb just like I did. All that glitters isn’t gold VERIZON is poor for updates poor for pricing handsets and poor monthly billing. It's LTE NETWORK is overrated at best and kills your battery senseless. GSM TECHNOLOGY and networks will for ever be better.

      • Cipher Zero

        LTE doesn't kill your battery nearly as much as people claim it does. You can update a Verizon GNex to 4.0.4 without even rooting. LTE *is* GSM-based technology. You were psychotically frothing at the mouth about Sprint and HTC. You *do* know that Sprint is CDMA, yes?  I do understand that you're mentally handicapped, so I won't get insulting, but if you have enough brainpower to type, albeit terribly, you should have enough IQ points to do a little research before ranting about things you obviously know nothing about. Or you can just stick with your bizarre world in which everything sucks except what you currently have, it makes no difference to me whatsoever. I'm just surprised that someone would take so much time telling everyone on every android and tech site that what you currently own is the best, and everything else is useless, but not do any actual research and live in a completely deluded world where "Sprint bitch-slaps everyone else and Verizon is The Devil" not knowing and denying that Sprint uses Verizon's network for roaming, and they're both CDMA networks. Then, Verizon "pimp-slapped" everyone else until you didn't know how to update your phone and you threw a tantrum because a simple update was beyond your scope and abilities. Now, you are so anxious to tell everyone that you're getting a Samsuck (your words, not mine) GSIII on T-Mobile, and I already know that you're convinced that T-Mo and the GSIII "pimp-slap" all other carriers, "rule android", "blow you and pleasure you", and all of the other bizarre fantasies that you've had over the years.
         Richard, seriously, at least keep your fantasies consistent, changing your tune every few months makes you look severely retarded rather than mildly retarded. That is all. Feel free to respond with some ridiculous insult, I'll never see it. This is just a public service message, not a debate.

  • ericl5112

    New UI,  but no pre-caching on my Tab 2 7.0.  Too bad, that's the most interesting feature. Oh well, I think I'll be selling this for a Nexus 7 anyway.

  • Hyestack

    how awesome for 5% of us

  • http://www.facebook.com/Sbaker1689 Seth Baker

    Hopefully it will actually work on my sony tablet s now. For some reason the app always crashes when i attempt to watch anything on it.

  • 8Bitmunky

    What about the god damn comment replies on videos? Can you see them now? -.-

  • LazarusDark

    Can multiple people do the remote thing at once? We do youtube parties all the time, and we  have to pass the wireless keyboard around the room. Would be awesome if everyone could just queue up vids on their phone, then take turns controlling the screen.

  • Wikimee

    any idea how many videos it will preload? is it based on total number of videos, total size or total playback time? is there any maximum playback time or size for videos that are going to be cached?

  • BehelitOutlaw

    Does anyone has the apk? i May not download it in Belgium for some reason.

    Thank You!