Google allows iOS users to beam YouTube videos to Google TVs
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is rolling out a new version of its YouTube application for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS that enables users to find videos on their iPhone or iPad, then send the content to their smart TV with the click of a button.
The updated YouTube 1.2.1 app pairs the iOS device with the consumer's Google TV-enabled television via the same Wi-Fi connection. Users identify the video they wish to view, click the TV icon within the YouTube app, and the clip automatically begins playing on their television. iOS device owners can also manually pair the YouTube app with their Xbox or PlayStation 3 console. The new video-sharing functionality--which recalls similar capabilities integrated into Apple's own AirPlay streaming media platform--first surfaced last fall in the YouTube app for Google's own Android mobile operating system.
The revamped YouTube for iOS additionally boasts support for YouTube Capture, introduced as a standalone app late last year. Capture enables users to film videos, apply effects like color correction and music tracks, and share their efforts to YouTube, Google+, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Twitter. Also new: Improved streaming over slow Wi-Fi connections and other stability improvements.
Google launched the ad-supported YouTube app in Sept. 2012 after Apple eliminated preloaded YouTube support with the release of its iOS 6 operating system. Mobile metrics firm Onavo reported that within weeks of its release, the YouTube app was installed on about 20 percent of all iPhones across the U.S., and by the end of December, that number increased to 44.5 percent.
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