YouTube Will Turn Your Phone into a Smart TV Remote

You'll be able to push videos to your TV from the YouTube app

YouTube is turning your phone, or your tablet, into a remote control for your smart TV. That's the promise, at least, of YouTube's latest feature, the ability to pair your Android device with your TV and have the ability to push videos from your phone to the TV as well as control the playback.

The feature was actually unveiled a couple of months ago, but it only worked with Google TV devices.

Now, Google has teamed up with the likes of Bang & Olufsen, LG, Panasonic and Sony to have the feature work with TVs from these companies.

Devices with this new YouTube functionality will be unveiled at CES, which is about to start.

More companies will join throughout the year, Google says Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba, Vizio, Western Digital and others will have devices that pair up with your phone.

"These new devices will also have the latest look and feel for YouTube on TV, letting you watch HD videos and channels on the big screen with everyone at home. Catch the latest videos from your subscriptions, watch playlists full of 1080p videos and find the next great video faster with search suggestions," Google explained.

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