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Google knows using YouTube on a TV could be better, so the company has started to push out an updated version that fits in more with the company's latest sense of style (Android TV, anyone?) and, more importantly, makes content easier to access.

YouTube looks great on a TV, but it's not as easy to browse as other media services such as Netflix and Hulu, where users can just shift through movie titles and the latest shows without having to go through all that much effort. YouTube is a more search-centric experience, requiring people to wrestle with their keyboard-less remote controls. The latest version of YouTube for TV doesn't make searching suddenly not suck, but it makes subscriptions and saved videos easier to pull up thanks to a new sidebar.

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This upgrade looks better overall, but it won't be of much use to people who prefer not to sign in to a YouTube account. Regardless, change is on its way. The release has hit the Xbox One first, and it will roll out to other streaming devices in the coming weeks.

Update: You can play with the new UI here (thanks, John).

Source: YouTube blog

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.

  • Addic7ed

    Nothing on my smart tv samsung

    • Damian

      I hope it will make app faster.

  • Damian

    I hate searching on that thing.

    • exadeci
      • John

        But how can u download the Youtube TV App from play store on Android Phone or Box?
        It says to me "Your device is not compatible with this App"
        (I think this is only for older Google TV)

        But would be nice to try this on Android Box withe a Remote Control,
        (But how to download it from play store?)

        • Ambroos

          YouTube TV is just a Web App. https://www.youtube.com/tv?loader=blog

          • John

            Yes, i know. But i was asking about Youtube TV App, (for Google TV) not Youtube..com/TV.
            Becouse one of the 2 links he posted (the second one) is for downloading the Youtube TV App on play store,
            Becouse i saw some youtube videos where some ppl had the Youtube TV App (for google TV) installed on their normal Android Box (not ADT-1).
            But i guess u can't download it from an standard android device (android phone or box), it says "Device not Compatible"

            Thats way i asked if there is a trick or something, to download it from play store.
            (Or why he posted the link)? :-)

  • bhake

    Chromecast FTW

    • MotDetoyr

      +1

    • Jason E Perkins

      Chromecast doesn't have app UIs like this. Or are you saying you expect to see this trickle down to phones and tablets?

      • https://steamcommunity.com/id/m-p-3 m-p{3}

        It might be what Material Design YouTube will look like!

        • Jason E Perkins

          YouTube for phones/tablets/etc. may take elements from this, especially if the two are ever combined into one responsively designed app. I would definitely like to see it use the blurred wallpapers and bolder colors. Horizontally aligning videos within channels would be nice too, though that would mean sliding between tabs would be a no-no.

          But it probably won't look like this entirely. Obviously, this is built with larger screens in mind, with even more white space than the mobile app's currently UI. Elements would have to be super small to support this.

  • Kylecore

    I'll check my Android TV box tonight, sadly i don't use it much because the thing freezes every time i hit the voice button :/

    • John

      What do u mean with your "Android TV Box"?
      If u mean the ADT-1 Android TV (from google) than the ADT-1 already has a nice Youtube App, (wich looks "like" the new update, but i think its lot faster)
      If u mean one of the manny other Android Box/Stick, u (sadly) CAN'T get this as an App on Android (but would be nice).

      U can only get this trough your browser on Android (on my Android Box Browser is kind of slow) or on ur Desktop PC,
      at: http://www.youtube.com/tv
      Altrough it works better with Chrome/Chrome Beta. And to go FULLSCREEN u have to pinch to zoom on a video, swipe UP to hide
      the adressbar and after pinch to zoom out again.
      It also works nice as a Chromecast replace, if u Pair it with ur Phone

      BUT: - If u want the NEW Youtube TV (on Android or Desktop) i found it at:

      https://www.youtube.com/tv?loader=blog#/

      • John

        Or just add: /tv?loader=blog#/
        after, http://www.youtube.com

        To see the New Design in a Browser

      • Kylecore

        Yeah I meant my ADT-1, the youtube does look similar but i'm wondering if it'll get updated to this or not. I also hate that the voice button literally freezes the whole thing and forces me to unplug it and turn it back on.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    So do you guys think that in L release youTube is gonna look the similar way?

    • Pavel Sikun

      I hope so!

  • Guest

    more blur !

  • Ender

    Lol, I totally forgot Android TV exists.

  • tymalo

    That last girl is using an ICS device. Come on Google! Wheres the kitkat love?

  • http://steamcommunity.com/id/metallinatus Metallinatus

    Soooo, it will do the same that the Wii U app already does but with a slightly different interface?

    • Badouken

      Man the Youtube and Amazon Video app on Wii U makes things soooo easy! Although the Netflix app on Wii U I find to be annoying... Just looks / feels weird to me.

    • GazaIan

      The Wii U app uses the same interface as all the other consoles and YouTube TV apps... And also the web YTTV link. If it's anything like it was at launch, the updated UI will take forever to reach the Wii U.

  • Matt Weers

    I hope this come to Roku

  • primalxconvoy

    It wasn't the search that bothered me on the PS3 and Ouya versions of this app, but rather the fact that the apps were slow, often crashed and/or froze most of the time. I got the feeling that the YouTube TV team got very little support from YouTube-proper.

    I've almost given up on using an official YouTube client for TV and have found that this party apps are overall better (like XBMC's, for all its problems).

    • Roh_Mish

      My complain is that there is no way of setting the resolution and this TV versions always defaults to 240p on my network. (720p works perfectly. 1080p has buffering issues sometimes (rarely). So the network is not at fault.

      • primalxconvoy

        if you have aandroid, google for "tubemate". you can stream in 720 and download up to 1080. enjoy!

        • Roh_Mish

          If I am not mistaken tubemate is for mobile. I can use YouTube flawlessly on mobile devices. It is the TV and PS3 app that bugs me. It defaults to 240p or 360p even though 720p and even 1080p works good

  • tekmonkey

    Does this work with Chromecast? It would be nice have Chromecast display this UI and your phone/tablet for navigation.

    • Jason E Perkins

      Chromecast doesn't display UIs like this and it never will. That's not really how it works.

      If you want something like this, you'll have to get an XBox, PS, Android TV, or other set top box.

  • John

    @ androidpolice
    No prob. I actualy also found the link for trying the new Youtube/TV update on www,
    by searching to find out when (if) the Youtube/TV page would be updated.

    It was anounced at I/O Conference, and i was also waiting to try this out.

  • http://gamenology1.wordpress.com/ Ahnaf Mahmud

    PS3?????????????????????????

  • Thomas Cai Jinzhan

    what about the youtube.com/tv site?

  • deltatux

    I love the TV interface, works great on my HTPC.

  • http://mekakiwi.blogspot.com.br/ ED-ZγŒηΎγ‚ŒγŸ!

    I have a media center and I have been using the http://www.youtube.com/XL for a long time. But, honestly, I'm considering use the Android version through Bluestacks...

    • GazaIan

      YouTube XL is dead, and has been dead for a while. YouTube.com/TV is XL's successor.

  • ShakaShakaBreak

    Please, Google, get rid of the transparency.

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