Google TV's getting even better. With 2012 being the year that Google
finally tries to really hone in on making Google TV a product with a serious amount of traction, massaging YouTube into the mix seems like a sound idea. After all, billions of hours of content are consumed in what feels like a blink of an eye on YouTube, and making the whole thing more integrated in the Google ecosystem would be a strong, strong play. The company has this weekend announced that an update to the YouTube experience will soon come to Google TV.
You’ll be able to update your app through Android Market, and you’ll see some big improvements. 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. There will also be new channel pages, where users can navigate through playlists and videos in your favorite channels, and you can subscribe to channels from the YouTube app with just a click. You can now see related videos and more videos from the same user by pressing the up or down arrows on your remote.
Is it enough to salvage Google TV? Hardly, but it's a mighty fine start.