Find and cue up videos to be watched full screen on the YouTube Leanback interface
Google has released a new YouTube Remote App that will let Android smartphone owners watch and control YouTube videos. Whether you're on your couch in front of HTPC or in a moving train, you can use this YouTube Remote App to watch the videos in your YouTube feed with a few touchscreen presses. At this moment, the YouTube Remote App for Android 2.1 or higher update running smartphone is in beta stage and is available only in Android Market for U.S. region.
New YouTube Remote App performs functions like allowing playback and wireless control of videos in the YouTube LeanBack interface. Last month, YouTube Leanback interface was launched for Google TV, TVs with YouTube support, and for practically any device that can load full screen YouTube videos right from the browser. Now the Leanback interface comprises of your feed of videos that include YouTube subscriptions, and other videos in full screen as well as high-definition quality continuously.
Once the YouTube Remote App has been downloaded on the phone, you need to pair the app on an Android phone with Google TV or your laptop. For that, you'll have to log into the YouTube Remote App on the Android phone as well as the Google TV or the laptop. Once paired successfully, you can use the YouTube Remote app to find and then cue up the videos you want to watch on the Leanback interface. Try out Leanback on your laptop/PC from here - http://www.youtube.com/leanback.
While you're watching the videos on Leanback interface, YouTube Remote App will offer you control functions - Play, Pause, Rewind, Skip forward and Sound level on the screen. In short, the YouTube Remote App acts as a small remote control that can be used on the go and on the couch.
Kuan Yong, senior product manager at YouTube, stated in blogpost at the official YouTube blog, "We're working hard to make the app available in more countries very soon."