YouTube updates Android app for one-tap sharing to Google TV

by Casey Newton


Today I wrote about how an update to Google TV and YouTube for Android matches -- and then improves upon -- Apple's AirPlay technology:

"This is bringing out my inner nerd," Drayson said recently at the Google TV office in Mountain View, Calif. Inside a plush demonstration room where the walls are painted Android green, Drayson sits down on the couch and picks up his Nexus 7 tablet. A television running Google TV software is perched on a stand a few feet away.

Drayson, who is planning a ski trip, did a quick search for GoPro skiing videos inside the YouTube app. When he found one he liked, he hit a single button -- and within a second or so, it began to play on the big screen.

It's a small feature that represents a big step for Google TV in its effort to become friendlier to less tech-savvy consumers.

Product manager Timbo Drayson walks me through the updated app at Google TV headquarters in Mountain View. James Martin/CNET
Product manager Timbo Drayson walks me through the updated app at Google TV headquarters in Mountain View. James Martin/CNET