As our lives fill up with screens, it becomes all the more important for them to work together. Today's YouTube update brings that dream a little closer to reality. Now, if you own a Google TV set top box and an Android device, you can use the latter to play, pause, or add videos to a playlist on the former. This is already possible for PS3 owners, so the expanded capability is a welcome addition.


The functionality works by automatically pairing your phone and set top box as long as they're connected to the same WiFi network. After that, simply tap the TV-shaped icon on any video and it will start playing on your big screen, with remote control options appearing on your handset. Your friends can even join in the fun with their devices, adding videos to a playlist so long as they are also connected.

Not bad, eh?

Source: YouTube Blog

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  • enoch861

    I'm I the only one who had this functionality prior to this? I've been using the functionality for months!

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  • chris hollis

    This has been an option for awhile now,

    • Ant Pruitt

      yeah, GTV folks have done this, but I guess the rest of the masses didnt.

  • Morten Lund

    Also it now works with http://www.youtube.com/tv via the internetbrowser on a compatible tv..

    • http://profiles.google.com/janniklindquist Jannik Lindquist

      This has been working for ages. You can pair any device with a browser and an internet connection with the YouTube Android app. The only new feature is that the pairing take place automatically if you have a Google TV connected to the same network as your phone

  • http://www.facebook.com/247arjun Arjun Go

    Sounds an awful lot like the Nexus Q (RIP). The premise behind that was to have a shared audio playlist that peers could contribute to. Sounds just like this here. Maybe Google Music will go this way and enable similar functionality.

  • Freak4Dell

    Now if only they would make GoogleTV something useful.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    The update is live https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.youtube.googletv, but I don't see the functionality mentioned in the changelog. However, there's other functionality mentioned instead:

    - Free, ad-supported movies playback.
    - Support for ad skipping.
    - Various bug fixes (including access to purchases).