Google today has unleashed an application that allows Android users to control Youtube playback on their PC, Google TV, or basically any other device that can access Youtube via a browser. The Youtube remote application works as a basic remote control that allows you to search for videos on your Android phone and immediately play them on another device, with full ability to fast forward, rewind, access the next or previous queued video, play/pause, and control playback volume.
The whole process is as easy as you’d expect from Google, but here are some quick instructions to get you started:
- Point your internet-enabled viewing device to www.youtube.com/leanback while logged into a Youtube account.
- Log into the Youtube Remote application on your Android phone.
- Search for your favorite videos or swipe left/right to go through preset channels.
- Click on a video to watch on your internet-enabled viewing device.
- Controls will appear on your Android device so you can control the playback options.
Because the Youtube Remote application also has the standard mini-browser found in portrait mode of the Youtube application, you can also preview videos on your Android phone before launching them on the bigscreen.
At this point, I’ve only played around with Youtube Remote for about 15 minutes, but I can already tell you that this application has tons of potential use and moves us one step closer to having our Android phones run multiple aspects of our multimedia-laden lives. I encourage all of you to download the Youtube Remote application and check it out for yourselves.
Youtube Remote is available for free for all Android 2.1+ devices (good timing, eh Cliq owners?). UPDATE: It appears this application is U.S. only for now. We’ll update you if that changes. Sorry, overseas friends.
How will you use Youtube Remote? Let us know in the comments!