Google has just released a pretty significant update to the YouTube app for Android that will let users push a YouTube video from their smartphones to their Google TV box. This feature is incredibly easy to use thanks to the inclusion of a “TV” button that is located in the YouTube app on your phone. This button is located just beside the traditional “share” button at the top of the screen.
It works by pairing your phone and your Google TV box by using a common WiFi connection. Once the two devices are paired, your phone will then act as a remote control. This means that once you send a video to your TV, you still have complete control over it by simply using your phone. While the devices are in fact linked, you can still go off and do other things on your phone without interrupting video playback.
Another feature Google snuck in is the ability to create playlists with your friends. For example, lets say you have a few people over who all have Android smartphones. As long as they are connected to your home connection they will be able to add videos to a playlist all from their own individual phones.
You may remember similar functionality was demoed on the Nexus Q. This certainly suggests that Google might be attempting to fade the Nexus Q away for good. On the other hand, perhaps they are adding Nexus Q features to Google TV in an attempt to merge the two services. Only time will tell.