Friday, December 24, 2010

Second Post of the Night, We Really Are Back!

Well this is kind of a cop out post since I'm just going to copy word for word what Kuan Yong said (he works for youtube)But it is an app that I have used quite a bit (going back to the lazy college kid stereotype) If you don't feel like reading the whole report I'll sum up what he says at the end.

Control YouTube on the desktop, or the TV... with the YouTube Remote app for your phone
If you’re like me, you love watching YouTube on your smartphone. My phone is always with me, which means my favorite YouTube videos are never more than a few taps away. Sometimes though, mid-watch, I wish I could get a big-screen experience of that video. What if there was a way to wirelessly “connect” my phone to a much larger screen, like a Google TV?

Cue YouTube Remote, a new Android app that we’re launching in the Android Market today.

YouTube Remote creates a virtual connection between your phone and YouTube Leanback. To ‘pair’ your phone with your Leanback screen, simply sign into YouTube Remote on your Android phone, and to YouTube Leanback on your Google TV or computer with the same YouTube account. Just like that, you've connected your powerful multi-touch Android screen with the biggest screen in your home. Once connected, you can use the rich browse and discovery interface on YouTube Remote to find and queue up videos to watch, and send them all to Leanback with a single tap. With YouTube Remote you can play, pause, skip forward and back and even control the sound volume.

YouTube Remote is currently in beta and contains new and experimental features that are not in the official YouTube Android app. Please give us your feedback and help us improve the product - we'll integrate the best features from this beta app into the official YouTube Android app in the coming months.

Again, you can download YouTube Remote now on the Android Market. It’s currently available only in the US but we’re working hard to make the app available in more countries very soon. To download, go to the Android Market app on your phone and search for “YouTube Remote”.


Summary as promised:

Youtube remote allows you to connect to your computer (not through wireless, not through usb, not through bluetooth, more so through magic and allows you to control your music. Not only play and pause, but you can skip forward through a song or skip over a song entirely. You can also set up playlists of videos/songs to be played through. To set it up, all you have to do is log in to your youtube account in the app and log into the same account on your computer (or google tv as he mentions) and the app and screen of your choice will say "remote connected" there ya go. Search some songs and hit play and you're good to go. This I have found is extremely useful for parties where everyone wants to be the DJ or when you want to listen to some music whilst sitting (leaning?) back on the couch. I'm sure there are many many more uses for this, but those are two that I recommend. Hope you enjoy.

As Kuan says, to get the app simple open the android market and search for "youtube remote"
Also, this app is only available in the US for the time being, but Kuan also says this may be changed eventually.

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