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The app frontend for everyone's favorite video streaming service just got itself a nice little update to v4.3.9, which brings a couple of new features. Namely, when you send a video to your paired TV, the app will allow you to control the playback with a nice little entry into the notification bar. So you can watch YouTube on your TV while doing other things on your phone – like checking Google+, for example.

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Speaking of, this update also brings G+ profile integration, so everything should be pretty seamless between the two services. Past that, it bundles a fix for the "fullscreen button bug," which I have personally never experienced. If you have, though, that's not a thing anymore.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • ddpacino

    Awesome! Google needs to push this as a viable TV alternative with user-generated content and premium options like a Hulu/Netflix.

  • Alvin B.

    Finally enabled Pre-Loading on tablet interfaces. No idea why they ever segregated that feature for phone-only in the first place.

    • niknetniko

      Thank God for this!

  • AveDeRapina

    I hope they fixed not letting you view videos in HD when connected to a mobile network. It's 2013 Google; people aren't stuck on 3g anymore.

    • Razormike

      I think there is an option to enable that in the settings.

      • ddpacino

        There's always been the toggle for HD at the bottom left when watching on a mobile network. Since I had my original EVO, my first Android.

        • AveDeRapina

          Well I'm on a Nexus 4 and the HD toggle on the bottom left reverts to HQ when Wifi is off.

        • GazaIan

          The toggle only allows for HQ, not HD.

    • Mack

      Settings > General > High quality on mobile.

      • AveDeRapina

        HQ =/= HD

        • Mack

          Literally, no - but when it comes to the YouTube app this is the setting that needs to be enabled to automatically load videos in HD even on a mobile network. Works that way on my G-Nex and was like that on my Droid X2 (3G) as well.

          • AveDeRapina

            I've always had it on but videos will always show as HQ on mobile and HD on wifi.

    • http://www.ellianth.com Ellianth

      User error. lol

      • AveDeRapina

        Except it isn't. The HD toggle changes to HQ only when on a mobile network. Maybe you should educate yourself before calling things errors. lol

        • Erock80

          I second this. On my Nexus 4, I get HD while on wifi, but only HQ on mobile.

  • Palko7

    The full screen button bug was for transformer tablets that were docked only

    • Kokusho

      Yes I have it and it's annoying as hell. I Hope it's indeed fix.

      • Tyler McQuaker

        Yeah, I can confirm that it is fixed (at least on my TF101). It was pretty annoying so I'm glad they fixed this.

        • Kokusho

          Great ! Thank for the info !

        • r

          great! that was annoying me so much..

    • David Brideau

      The bug was for any tablets that were docked. I have a Samsung Galaxy 10.1 (the original) and it did that.

  • MQ

    The problem with switching back to portrait after watching video in landscape is still not addressed. Maybe it is per design but it is very annoying..

    • Evgany

      This!

    • Simon Belmont

      Come on, Google. Fix this.

      I hate this behavior. I've gotten so used to it that I actually hit the back button when there's around 10 seconds left in the videos, to avoid the orientation switchover.

  • Scott

    A while back I noticed the pairing to TV option and it was actually pretty cool. When did they add that pairing service?

  • IncCo

    They still havent fixed the bug where the top action bar slides down and hides part of the video that occurs when switching from landscape to portrait... Honestly it seems that google is one of the slowest developers on the google play market.

  • RitishOemraw

    APK teardown? Ron? Is it worth it? Will there be goodies hidden away inside?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      Nothing exciting. Remember this? http://adage.com/article/digital/youtube-set-introduce-paid-subscriptions-spring/239437/

      It's real.

      You can only subscribe to this paid channel on your computer.

      You can only unsubscribe from this paid channel on your computer.

      • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

        I don't think you realize how big of a deal this is, you just confirmed this rumor. Hats off.

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

          I remember when Google first bought YouTube. The majority opinion on the interwebs seemed that Google made a huge mistake and would lose a fortune on it. Whoops ;)

      • RitishOemraw

        Holy Moly.....Google TV might just make an appearance at i/o if Google is getting along with this nicely (cable television turning into youtube television)

  • Guest

    Preloading is finally here on my tablet!

  • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

    The more Google push G+, the less I end up using their services. The Youtube app already doesn't allow comment replying, so if they attempt to make G+ accounts mandatory there as they've done with Play Store, I'll dump it. I've already ceased writing and rating apps.

  • primalxconvoy

    Just remove the annoying ads. It's bad enough at home without Google fudging up YouTube mobile with ads. I used to use YouTube to stream educational videos to my pupils but now have to access YouTube content via third party methods in order to avoid adverts.

  • primalxconvoy

    Google needs to fix the mobile site too. Videos embedded in other sites never allow me to click on the "go to YouTube" button or indeed anything other than play, pause or max/min.