The app links the user's Android phone and Google TV-enabled device together. Then, users search for YouTube videos from the phone to send them directly to the TV.
It doesn't actually create a real connection to the TV itself. Rather, both services connect to the same cloud. So the phone sends the request to your Google Account in the cloud, which Google TV then receives.
Now that TV has crashed through the Internet barrier, the industry needs to look to newer, more interesting forms of connectivity. Samsung has recently done similar stuff with Samsung TVs connected to Samsung mobile phones, mainly for media sharing.
We're very bullish when it comes to Google TV, because unlike other IPTV platforms out there, this is fully open to developers and thus we expect to see a lot of third-party Google TV apps coming in a steady stream for a long time to come.
We'd love to see more integration between Google TV and Android. Letting users stream their Android music content to the TV would be cool, as would seeing all your Android notifications (incoming texts, voicemail, caller ID information, etc).
Obviously the YouTube Remote app doesn't suggest any of that will happen, but it does prove Google is interested in connecting its TV and mobile platforms together. It's a good, solid first step.
Mark Raby Based in New York City, Mark follows the consumer electronics industry like a hawk. A published book author, he has a particular affinity for 3D technology and video games, and as such will surely be in the market for a new pair of glasses soon. Mark can be contacted directly at email@example.com.
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