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Google TV Gets New YouTube App That Promises to be Faster & Smoother

by Killian Bell | February 13, 2012February 13, 2012 5:00 am PST

YouTube for Google TV channels

After teasing “big announcements” for the Google TV on its Facebook page yesterday, Google has issued what seems to be the first of those in the form of a brand new YouTube app that promises to be easier, faster, and smoother than before.

The new app is available to download from the Android Market now, and Google is certain “you’ll see some big improvements.” In addition to adding YouTube channel pages, the new app offers a new feature called “Discover,” which allows you to browse those channels by category; and lots more.

The search giant explains all in a post on its Google TV Blog:

First you’ll notice the app works faster with smoother navigation for a better experience. Next, we’ve added a new feature called Discover, which lets you browse YouTube channels by categories. Whether you’re looking for hilarious comedy, delectable cooking content, or the latest news, you can find great channels for any of your interests.

We’ve also updated the YouTube app with new channel pages. You can navigate through playlists and videos in your favorite channels, and you can subscribe to channels from the YouTube app with just a click.

Furthermore, after watching a video you enjoyed, you can use the new app to find related clips and more content from the same YouTube use; while the new info screen allows you to give the clip a thumbs-up (or a thumbs-down), add it to one of your playlists, or leave a comment.

YouTube on Google TV info

The new app is certainly a huge improvement over its predecessor, but it’s not exactly the “big announcement” we were expecting. Maybe there’s more to come for Google TV later today. We’ll keep our eyes peeled.

What do you think of the new YouTube app for Google TV?

[via Engadget]

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...