The experience of throwing YouTube to a Chromecast-connected TV has remained largely unchanged in recent years. Google now appears to be creating a pseudo-YouTube app for Chromecast that takes the Android TV version.
Historically, throwing a video from your phone to a Chromecast-connected TV only loads a VCR that provides basic details (channel name, number of views, date and time) at the bottom left. When the clip is finished, you will be taken back to a “Ready to See” display screen with instructions.
Some users now see a completely different experience that starts with a remote control appearing in the YouTube mobile app. The player displayed on Chromecast / TV allows users to change resolution, subtitles, subtitles and even access “Stats for nerds.”
Instead of being led to the splash screen at the conclusion of the video, there is a home screen with suggestions for what to watch next, such as Android TV. The ability to log in was also present through the Watch TV link option.
At least two users so far have encountered this YouTube for the Chromecast app, with u / garethonreddit managing to capture a settings screen on Chromecast Ultra. We learn from the “Version” number that this is a “web” experience, while “Client” notices how it is HTML5 driven. Users are able to clear the viewer and search log, as well as the “Reset app.”
In the meantime, u / greyhood_39 received this new user interface on third-generation Chromecast, and told us today that it was pretty uptick in ads with this interface.
With this new app, Google offers a much more powerful – especially with player controls – and engaging YouTube experience on its very affordable streaming dongles. There are obvious benefits to shared browsing and being able to do more on the largest screen in your home.
This YouTube app for Chromecast experience is still under testing and has since disappeared for both users. We have not been able to replicate it on our devices.
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