Google appears to be broadly rolling out a brand new YouTube app-like expertise for Chromecast. The replace is generally obtainable for Chromecast Extremely and Chromecast (third era) that was launched in 2018. 9to5Google that first reported on the replace says that the expertise has not been made obtainable to older Chromecast fashions for the primary time. Reportedly, Google began rolling out these options for the Chromecast YouTube app earlier this 12 months to a smaller userbase. The newer interface seems to be extra user-friendly than the earlier variations, however non-Premium customers have reported that they’re encountering extra advertisements with this replace.
Beforehand, Chromecast supplied a really primary viewing expertise to its customers once they would solid a video on their TVs. It featured a primary video participant and a “Able to Watch” splash display screen. Customers at the moment are reporting through 9to5Google the looks of a extra complete video participant with the choice to alter decision, closed caption settings, and add movies to a playlist/queue. The consumer interface has additionally undergone an overhaul with the splash display screen now being changed by the YouTube house display screen. The YouTube app on Chromecast now includes a navigation rail on the left facet with Search, House, Information, Music, Gaming, Motion pictures & Reveals, Subscriptions, and Library choices. The primary part of the structure now consists of video rows just like what has been featured on the native YouTube app on Android TV or different good televisions.
Earlier this 12 months, in July, Google had launched the new options to extra customers. The rollout got here with a brand new distant management structure for Chromecast. It featured a D-pad with a again button.
Moreover, the distant additionally had a voice search button beneath the D-pad. This distant can now be opened by tapping the Forged icon on the YouTube app. The distant’s icon then seems beneath the common quantity slider. Reportedly, some bodily TV remotes are additionally suitable with the brand new YouTube interface on Chromecast.