Google’s plan for its smart home entertainment platform is to have us stay in our comfortable couches while everything else is at the tips of our fingers. In making its entertainment platform the next must have thing, Google has released an update version of its YouTube App for Google TV.
Google promises that the updated app will allow users to enjoy better topic hubs and find their content easier. At the same time the app introduces a new Discovery option that is able to filter YouTube channels by categories, going from science to gaming, and comedy to traveling.
A post on the Google TV blog announced the news on Sunday. The post read: “In the next few days, we’re releasing an update to your YouTube experience on Google TV making it faster and easier to find great content, adding YouTube channel pages, and giving you more control over your experience”.
The update is already available in Android Market on Google TV 2.0 boxes and Google seems very excited about it. The post added that “the app works faster with smoother navigation for a better experience” and users will be able to enjoy the new added “feature called Discover, which lets you browse YouTube channels by categories”.
The new app lets you “navigate through playlists and video in your favorite channels and you can subscribe to channels from the YouTube app with just a click”. And there’s more. The updated app will allow you to enjoy “even more interaction with your favorite channels”, meaning that now you are able to “see related videos and more videos from the same user by pressing the up or down arrows on your remote”.
The same up and down arrows will help you find the Info Screen where you can rate the video, add it to one of your own YouTube playlists or leave a comment. Coupled with a new style page for each channel and the possibility to subscribe to a channel with a single click, it seems that Google managed to make its TV service a lot easier to handle with a remote.
Slash Gear writes that “the app is meant to be faster and less glitch, both of which are vital if Google is to corner the smart TV market in 2012”.