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YouTube on smart TVs to gain voice-control support

The cast icon in the YouTube app may lead to new options soon. (Source: Google)
The cast icon in the YouTube app may lead to new options soon. (Source: Google)
YouTube has developed a panel of controls that come into effect when it is being used on a smart TV or Chromecast-enabled device. Now, it may have also added voice commands and new remote-style buttons in this menu. They have been reported as existing in a server-side update thus far.

Google may be developing new kinds of voice-control options for YouTube. They apparently apply when videos from this app are cast to or played on a TV. So far, they have been reported as relatively simple thus far, in that the app will respond to commands such as "Play", "Pause" and "skip ahead".

However, voice searches for the next desired video may also be possible. This new feature is found on the smartphone version of this app, thus allowing screen- or physical remote-free control over YouTube. It has been discovered by a contributor to the blog SmartDroid, who claims to have found it in version 14.50.53 of this app for Android.

This new update, which may still be in development at Google, also calls up new remote control-style buttons for YouTube videos shown on TVs. These new features, along with the voice-control button, may be available in a publicly-available update soon.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-12-22 (Update: 2019-12-22)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.