In a move that few would have predicted, YouTube for Google TV seems to have been removed from the Play Store. People who have downloaded it previously can still see its entry, but beyond that, it's as good as dead. Further, there appears to be no alternative app to replace it. That doesn't mean there won't be, though. It's possible that the primary YouTube app could be updated with Google TV support in the future, but without a confirmation from Google, all we can do is speculate at this point.


Historically speaking, the app was never updated all that frequently and the last update occurred almost nine months ago. While Google's TV platform has undoubtedly struggled to gain acceptance and find a foothold in the marketplace, I can't imagine it would kill an app for a product as popular as YouTube without a good reason. We've reached out to Google for an official comment, but as of the time of writing, our inquiries have gone unanswered.

Shawn De Cesari
Shawn is a web developer by day and XDA's resident archivist for Nexus and Google Play Edition device OTA updates by night. When not immersing himself in code or Android, he can be found hunting down antique signs, taking road trips, listening to music, or playing video games. His daily drivers are a Nexus 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus.
  • aNYthing6

    What ever happened to Google TV getting Chromecast support? Quite lame.

    • Christopher Mason

      What do you mean "Google TV getting Chromecast support"? No offense but that makes no sense at all.

      • Sir_Brizz

        Why? The Chromecast can already cast from more services than you can on Google TV and you don't need the aps installed to cast them on Chromecast.

        • Grahaman27

          There will be a google TV replacement. Nexus TV.

          • ahhh yes

            Nexus will be dead in a few years

          • gmaninvan

            I've heard that Murtazin rumor and I don't see validity with the mindshare that the Nexus brand has developed now. I see Nexus devices all over the place and their sales increase year over year.

            Furthermore, I am on my third and they are just awesome devices.

          • https://play.google.com/store/search?q=kodiak+211 Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

            That would be nice... And it would be nice if they handed out NexusTV's to deves at I/O...

        • ProvoAggie

          That isn't what is being asked. When Chromecast came out, it was announced that GoogleTV would be able to eventually do the same things. I have both devices and prefer my GoogleTV for 99% of things but I wish I could Cast a browser tab to my GoogleTV box so that I don't need the Chromecast setup as well.

          • killer4110

            Look in the Chrome Web Store for "Chromemote" A better way to control Google TV. Fling videos, links, images, launch apps, plus full remote control of all your Google TVs.

          • Hector Diaz

            You can do that with Chrome store.there is an ap I think is GTV Remote p the I use from my tablet l send the links to my GTVGTV. I love My GTV and the best TV remote has it GTV to browse on the web, Netflix or any other services. And the total TV app is a big hit too.

          • Franco Rossel

            Well, Cheapcast...

          • Sir_Brizz

            I have both and like my Google TV just fine. But the casting targets and how integrated the experience is on the Chromecast are leaps and bounds better than Google TV right now. For example, if I cast to Youtube and my device goes to sleep, they get disconnected and often won't reconnect when the device wakes up. The TV Queue doesn't work as well at all.

            When two people are trying to cast to the same Google TV, it gets really confused. Conversely, with a Chromecast, it just gets added to the queue. When I wake my device back up, it has the video on the lock screen, it's easy to get into the TV Queue.

            I'm not saying this to say Google TV sucks, I'm saying this because I want Google TV to get these features.

      • aNYthing6
      • aNYthing6
        • Christopher Mason

          Still makes no sense. Why would Google do that?

      • Aaron Berlin

        I think that Google Cast is the service and Chromecast is the dongle (correct me if I'm wrong). At one point Google said GoogleTV would be be getting Google Cast support, but the update roadmap for Google TV has been emitting a persistent sucking sound since last May, so who really knows.

      • gmaninvan

        I agree. It makes more sense to call it what it is, googlecast support

    • miri

      Google TV is supposedly getting refreshed (possibly with a new name as well). That's when Chromecast support is likely to be added.

      • AGWednesday

        Don't know who downvoted you, but have an upvote for balance (and truthiness).

        Rumor is that Google TV will become Android TV, and introducing Chromecast capabilities on the rebranded sets would make sense.

        • https://play.google.com/store/search?q=kodiak+211 Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

          It would be just a change of name... Unless they've been working on a new UI for GoogleTV/AndroidTV... I really hope they've been working on something... I've been using a Sony Blu-ray GTV since bate... Before android was installed, before the play store... I enjoy it, but I'm wanting something new... I don't care what they call it tho...

  • killer4110

    They removed the "For Google TV" name so more OEMs can use it, so it's not strictly for Google TV, it can be applied to other devices

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

      The app is dead in the Play Store, though. Look it up under any name you want. If you check it without being signed in, our with an account that hasn't downloaded it before, it's not there.

      • killer4110

        That doesn't mean the app is dead, when was the last time you looked for the Netflix for Google TV, that's been gone for awhile now, doesn't mean there's no more support for either apps.

        • Aaron Berlin

          I don't think Netflix for Google TV was ever actually updated through the Play store. If I recall, it was always just a web wrapper. For instance, Google TV got Netflix profiles support long before the Android app because it was just pulling the generic HTML5 app that other smart tvs do.

  • http://www.jeroenheijster.com/ Jeroen Heijster


    • Bob Bigellow

      ...does not apply here.

  • Guest123

    Google TV is dead!
    Long live Android TV!

    • abqnm

      Android TV is dead!
      Long live Chrome TV!

      • Guest123

        you're probably right. . . rebrand chromcast to Chrome TV in 3. . .2. . .

        • Belén Cebrián

          I hope this is one move toward having worldwide availability of the Chromecast, and updating the whole Google TV service. It's time to take advantage of what Google already has and making it great and truly a choice for everyone. And with the Chromecast that's a serious possibility.

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

    (I don't know anything at all about Google TV.) Does the regular YouTube app work, or is there no way to view YouTube on GTV now?

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

      He means that the regular youtube app doesn't support Google TV, or at least the devices he has. The current Google TV products that shipped with the Google TV specific version that was removed will not magically have it pulled, so they'll be able to continue playing videos through it. But that means no more updates and no installations for those units that ship without it for people who have never installed it before (Play Store rules).

    • collinpage

      Can browse using http://YouTube.com/tv

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

        Why have I never seen this before?
        That's pretty useful actually!

        • collinpage

          Comes in pretty handy for devices that don't have a youtube app like the PS4

      • Bill

        Thank you for posting this address, with my vizio costar I can go to you tube from the chrome browser and ir works just the way it always has

  • Vergil Kent

    The hell is a Google TV?

  • Brian Tehan
  • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

    Everyone needs to calm down they are probably merging the two applications together. As Google has said they have been hard at work merging Google TV back into Android. And can we stop with the whole"Android TV" thing Google TV is Android. On my Lg TV I have Nova Launcher, a bunch of emulators, XBMC, and VLC. The whole "Android TV" rumor was just a marketing thing. The hardware and Software would be the exact same. -_-

    • Chippah

      What controller are you using for your LG gtv?

      • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

        Wired Xbox Controller with JoystickCenter to remap them to the keyboard.

  • mckooter

    Replaced my Google TV with a roku a few days ago.... just as good if not better. Was so excited to get my CoStar, was left with nothing but disappointments, both in reliability of the machine as well as updates and furthering of the brand

    • mplsbill

      I almost replaced my costar with a roku but the dealbreaker for me is being able to use the chrome browser to go to other websites on my tv, roku doesn't have that and as much as I like my chromcast no browser and the pages you can cast to tv are not many and very unstable! I can never get through a playlist on vevo or you tube without the chromecast stopping and needing to be reconfigured, chromecast is a great idea but to me it seems like it wasn't ready for prime time yet!!

    • Bob Bigellow

      I think what often gets missed is the difference between Google TV and a streaming device like a Roku or the Chromecast. Google TV was meant to augment TV and integrate deeply into the experience. It was meant to give developers a way to write apps that tie into the whole television experience, not simply as a means to provide "yet another streaming provider". Devices like Roku and Chromecast are, more or less, just streaming devices. You're expected to "switch to" these devices when you want to stream something... otherwise, when you're watching regular television, the devices are out-of-sight.

      So, if anyone who only needs streaming capabilities gets a Google TV, they're going to be frustrated because it doesn't specialize in streaming and is really meant to enhance regular television watching. Chromecast is wildly popular now, mainly because it doesn't try to do "too much" like Google TV. Like the Roku, it is essentially just a streaming device. There are a niche of users, however, that really like their Google TV experience, so a device like the Chromecast or Roku just isn't going to give them what they're after. Sure, it will provide plenty of streaming options, but won't give them the extra layer on top of their normal television viewing experience.

      • mckooter

        I definately agree, the issue is that while I loved the augmenting of my existing tv, i ended up with nothing but aspect ratio funkyness (which i grinned and beared through) and after three costars under warranty, nothing but popups on top of my tv 10-15 times a day about various services crashing.

        in the end i realized i just used it for netflix/plex as we have plenty of alternate internet devices in the house and went roku to simplify,

        I also have a chromecast, but honestly its a pita to use, always having to reboot it and my wifi status to get it to connect. really just a cheap netflix device for the bedroom.

        (ps i know its a late reply, just saw)

        • Bob Bigellow

          I also eventually switched away from my Google TV. I disconnected it when I moved and ended up ditching my TiVos to save money (and am using the Xfinity DVR instead). I just never bothered to hook up the Google TV again. I really really don't like the Xfinity DVR, but I just can't justify paying more monthly to get the TiVo service again.

          That being said, I love the Chromecast. I haven't had the problems you have been experiencing. I use my Chromecasts to stream music (through Google Music), rent movies (through Google Play), and for Netflix use. My Chromecasts are always waiting for me and working, though I do wish I could simply activate them immediately (like Google TV) and not have to first switch my TV input source before using them.

  • Tech1

    Google Android/Nexus TV Forum Community is alive and well HERE https://plus.google.com/communities/103510820500984874818?partnerid=gplp0 . All Android TV devices are discussed!

  • Matt Dowdy

    Can chromecast not be used to stream YouTube? It works from my note 3 to my apple tv for most things. Just a thought...