The experience of sending YouTube to a Chromecast-connected TV has remained virtually unchanged in recent years. It now appears that Google is creating a YouTube pseudo-app for Chromecast that works after the Android TV version.
Historically, streaming video from your phone to a TV connected to your Chromecast only loads a video player that provides basic details (channel name, view count, date and time) at the bottom left. Once the clip is complete, you will return to the “Ready to Watch” presentation screen with instructions.
Some users now see a radically different experience that begins with a remote control appearing on the YouTube mobile app. The player that appears on the Chromecast / TV allows users to change the resolution, subtitles, and even access “Statistics for nerds.” In addition, they can add new videos to the queue / playlist.
Instead of taking you to the home screen at the end of the video, there’s a home screen with suggestions on what you can watch below, like Android TV. The ability to log in was also present via the Watch on TV link option.
So far, at least two users have found this YouTube for Chromecast app with u / garethonreddit managing to capture a setup screen on the Chromecast Ultra. We learn from the “Version” number that this is a “web” experience, while “Client” points out how HTML5 works. Users can clear their search and view history, as well as “Reset application.”
With this new app, Google offers a much more powerful service, especially with player controls, and an attractive YouTube experience in its low-cost streaming dongles. There are obvious advantages to joint browsing and being able to do more things on the larger screen of your home.
This YouTube app for the Chromecast experience is still in testing and has since disappeared for both users. We were unable to play it on our devices.
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