Google's Android Market gets YouTube Remote, which lets users control the YouTube Leanback application running on desktops and Google TV from their Android smartphones.
Google Nov. 9 launched YouTube Remote to let U.S. users
control the YouTube Leanback application from their Android smartphones.
YouTube Leanback airs content from the Website
continuously so that users don't have to constantly search and hunt for music
and other content to watch.
Leanback is one of the marquee applications for Google TV
, the search engine's ambitious new effort to blend Web and channel
surfing via Android-based TVs and Blu-ray players from Sony and the
Logitech Revue companion box
Available in the Android Market now, YouTube Remote lets
users sign into the app from their Android handset and sign into Leanback on Google
TV or their computer with the same YouTube account.
This will enable users to
control Leanback with from their phone.
YouTube Senior Product Manager Kuan Yong noted that
Remote users will be able to find and queue up videos to watch, then shuttle
them to Leanback with a single tap of a button.
Remote users can also play, pause, skip forward and back
and control the sound volume on Leanback on their desktop or Google TV.
Yong cautioned that YouTube Remote is still in beta and sports
features that are not in the official YouTube Android app.
YouTube Remote is available only in the United States. Users may
download it from Android Market by searching for "YouTube Remote," or
by scanning the QR code here
YouTube Remote comes after Logitech
made its Logitech Harmony Android app
available in the Android Market.
While Remote manages Leanback alone, the Logitech app lets
users turn their TVs, set-top boxes and A/V receivers off and on, change
channels, and navigate applications and other Google TV content.