Last month YouTube for Google TV vanished from the Play Store like a vampire slain by Lincoln himself, quietly fading from public view, seen only by those who had previously downloaded it and already knew of its existence. But like the immortal being that it is, YouTube has risen back from the dead. Not only that, it's stronger, having now received a relatively minor update to version 1.7.5.


The update doesn't introduce much in the way of new features. There's no new interface, for example. Instead, we see customizable closed captions and improved stability.

What's new:

  • Customizable closed captions, with better support of remote control
  • SafeSearch now respects system-wide settings
  • Improved stability while playing Watch Later videos

What really matters here is that the app is back, and Google still seems to care. Now is not yet the time for Google TV to go quietly into the night.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • marcellus00

    Omg, i completely forgot about google tv! Seems that hdmi sticks with regular android just taken the place of google tv

  • Mr E

    Long Live Google TV! It's actually a pretty slick system, I just wish they supported it more.

  • JeromeDeBretagne

    It's good to see Google updating its own Android applications for TVs, as Google TV / Android TV devices are really nice (even if not that well known around me).

    I am still waiting for device vendors like Sony to update their TVs / set-top boxes to more recent versions of Android. Or they could at least unlock these devices to allow installation of custom firmware. I am crossing fingers to get some good news at one point in the coming months!

  • vwbeetlvr

    Too bad my co-star had decided it needs to commit suicide and be factory reset once a month for it to continue chugging along...

  • Floris

    I hate the fact that Google didn't live up to the promise of updating all of the second generation Google Tv's to Jelly Bean & support chromecast, which they announced around Google I/O 2013. http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/07/25/chromecast-coming-to-google-tv-and-existing-hardware-two-products-will-coexist-going-forward/

  • Lars Nørgaard

    Anyone got the apk? :) I want to see if it works on my Ouya.

    • primalxconvoy

      If you've got a mouse, sideload "tubemate" (most recent version). You can stream up to 720p, download up to "1080p" and even do so on most geo/mobile-restricted videos.

      Heck, you can even sign into your YouTube account.

      It works fine on my Ouya.

  • Nathan Borup

    This update has broken youtube on my tv. Always says the bandwidth is too low

  • Wizz

    You can get the apk at the Google Android/Nexus TV Forum here https://plus.google.com/communities/103510820500984874818?partnerid=gplp0 !

  • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

    Now that Cc is available, is there a point to Google TV?

  • Thomas Cai Jinzhan

    "like a vampire slain by Lincoln himself"
    such an obscure reference......the movie isn't doing gangbuster for being referenced LOL