The YouTube mobile app received an update earlier this month, and in doing so added the functionality to stream videos from your mobile device directly to your television set–on the condition that the set is an internet-connected TV. And it’s not just mobile phones, tablets can also be paired to your internet-connected TV and the two devices will share the same wireless internet connection.
The new app allows for users browse YouTube from their mobile or tablet device, and then when they want to send the video to the television, the user must simply click on an icon and the video will be viewable on their internet-connected TV anywhere in the house. The feature has been under development for nearly two years and is currently only offered on Android OS devices.
While other apps are taking the route of being a second-screen companion device, the newly updated YouTube app allows for a new way to enjoy videos on the popular video-sharing site. With the ability for users to browse for videos on their mobile device, gone is the cumbersome control that you would have with the YouTube app already installed on your internet-connected television set. With the new mobile app your device basically turns into a snazzy and easy to use remote-control.
Users also have the ability to pause, scroll or skip to the next video–all of which is replicated on the television screen your video is currently streaming to. To get the new functionality ensure that you have updated your YouTube App on your Android mobile or tablet device.