Xbox One is first to get new-look official YouTube app

Google is redeveloping its YouTube app interface for TVs and large displays, bringing a redesigned and more consistent experience across devices from smart TVs to set-top boxes and games consoles.

In fact, Microsoft's Xbox One console is the very first device to get the updated experience, which will make it easier to find videos, especially those you've subscribed to, along with recommendations for new content. The interface is designed specifically to take advantage of the large canvas offered by TV-sized displays. 

The new-look app has begun rolling out to the Xbox One, so look out for an update if it hasn't arrived already. The big-screen app improvements will roll out to other devices in the next few weeks. 

For now, you can check out Google's video on the YouTube app improvements below: 

Source: YouTube blog via TechRadar

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Why oh why do they still insist on using that keyboard? It's painfully slow when using your controller, it make no sense to keep it this way.

YouTube just recycle the same HTML 5 based app for all their TV platforms (perhaps with the odd tweak here and there if needed)

I was using this app last night. and found the keyboard still lacking. not sure why they don't update that in the system. it's cool, but there's a lot of improvements to be done with that app.

So google is ok with making a youtube app for Xone, but not for WP and windows 8/RT?

What excuse will they come up with now? The code, the main ingredient, is there; they just need to develop the appropriate UIs.

Vishwal said,
Anyone knows if this will come to the Windows Phone too ?

I can see that Google is going to release YouTube app soon with threshold

Yet they can't bring a decent app to WP. Shows you why they're not too. If Google was competing with MS in the game space you wouldn't be seeing this app at all. Ridiculous. Just bring out Google services for Wp already Google! We have 2.5% market share, what the hell kind of threat are we?

The "App" really isn't very good, it uses a useless horizontal keyboard. Third party developers can do a better job than Google.

It is a good strategy that Google is employing. They know that consumers uses their service, and they will prefer not to bring anything to WP because they don't want anyone switching and accessing their service from WP. Of course, they're sitting that 2.5% market share as the reason ...thus, no one can argue with it.

@Gaffney, that keyboard is the same one the Roku YouTube channel/app uses and it is very inefficient. Yes, it utilizes space in a way that is perhaps desirable, but the inefficiency trade-off is too much for me. A square of letters and symbols or a rectangle (that isn't too long) works better for being able to type your search terms more quickly.

Google is the new Microsoft. For decades Microsoft used the same strategy. They turned an already dominant position into a near-monopoly. Only when they realized they were about to kill their last competitor (Apple) did they take a few steps back.

It's a little bit of history repeating. Google will not give WP a break. Getting Youtube and other Google services might just be what is needed to provide another 2-3% to WP's marketshare. Enough to convince developers and retailers WP is viable on the longterm, getting more phones in physical store and more apps in the microsoft store. Leading to a selffulling prophecy.

Google is not going to play a role in that. But Google's attitude will eventually be their downfall. When other products start selling, and they refuse to support it then eventually their services will be replaced by what it available. It might be WP or it might be another platform. But eventually Google will get his, just as Microsoft has.

Gaffney said,
The "App" really isn't very good, it uses a useless horizontal keyboard. Third party developers can do a better job than Google.

... That's not Google's keyboard, it's the standard XBOX keyboard that's present on the 360 too, designed to take minimal space and be used with a game controller.

Place the blame where it belongs.

FloatingFatMan said,

... That's not Google's keyboard, it's the standard XBOX keyboard that's present on the 360 too, designed to take minimal space and be used with a game controller.

Place the blame where it belongs.

Negative. The keyboard from the 360 and the One is an onscreen keyboard. This is a thin horizontal line of letters that is always stuttering because every letter you put in Youtube is giving predictive answers. The whole thing is slow and cumbersome. MS has the best keyboard solution on their console not sure why 3rd parties don't just default to it.

pcweber111 said,

Negative. The keyboard from the 360 and the One is an onscreen keyboard. This is a thin horizontal line of letters that is always stuttering because every letter you put in Youtube is giving predictive answers. The whole thing is slow and cumbersome. MS has the best keyboard solution on their console not sure why 3rd parties don't just default to it.

That same thin horizontal line of letters "keyboard" is the same one I get when searching the store on my 360.

FloatingFatMan said,

That same thin horizontal line of letters "keyboard" is the same one I get when searching the store on my 360.

That's not a keyboard. That's just using letters for alphabetizing a catalog. This is the Xbox One keyboard: http://portforward.com/network...ual-ip-address-keyboard.png

If typing on it is a problem, you can use Smartglass on your phone or tablet or desktop, or just get a little keyboard accessory for your Xbox. Hopefully nobody is really typing that much on a console though.

pcweber111 said,
Yet they can't bring a decent app to WP. Shows you why they're not too. If Google was competing with MS in the game space you wouldn't be seeing this app at all. Ridiculous. Just bring out Google services for Wp already Google! We have 2.5% market share, what the hell kind of threat are we?

Microsoft's universal Windows apps run on tablets, phones, Xbox, and PCs http://www.pcworld.com/article...-phones-tablets-and-pcs.htm

Hint hint