The official YouTube app for iOS has gained a new voice search feature
that aims to make searching for content easier when you're casting YouTube video to a smart TV.
Once you've connected your iPhone
to a smart TV, you can search with your voice via the mobile app, as well as use it to pause, play, and adjust the volume on your TV. Here's how it works.
- Download and launch the YouTube app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap the Cast button at the top of the Home tab.
- Launch the YouTube app on your smart TV.
- If you haven't connected your iOS device to your smart TV before, select Link with TV code and then tap LEARN NOW under "Learn how to get a TV code." Otherwise, tap YouTube on TV to connect.
- When your iOS device is connected to your TV, you'll see an overlay on your device's screen with a volume slider, a Remote button, and the new Voice search button – tap it.
- Tap the red microphone icon, and when you hear the audible prompt, say the word or phrase that you want to search on YouTube.
You should see the results of your voice search appear on your TV. And don't forget, you can use the Remote option in the YouTube app's mobile interface to navigate and select the content that shows up on your TV.
According to German site SmartDroid
, YouTube is currently working on improving the remote interface for controlling YouTube casting. The updated controls are said to include quicker access to captions and playback quality settings, but there's no word on when we can expect them to roll out for the iOS YouTube app.
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BBC's iPlayer app received an update this morning that is fueling speculation online that Apple's TV app will hit U.K. shores imminently.
iPlayer's changelog for version 4.35.0
of the app simply lists "support for the new Apple TV app, available to users with devices running iOS 11.2 and above".
Apple's TV app – billed as an easy way to watch your favorite movies and TV shows in a single place – has been available in the United States since December of 2016, but remains absent from Apple TVs and iOS devices in the United Kingdom and across the rest of Europe.
In September, Apple released the Apple TV app in Canada and Australia, and announced that it would be bringing the app to France, Germany, Sweden, Norway, and the U.K. by the end of the year.
The BBC's mention is just the latest indication that the TV app should make an appearance very soon, in the U.K. at least.
Channel 5 was another British broadcaster Apple said it would be adding to its TV app, and last week the My5 app
began appearing on Apple TVs. On Tuesday, ITV announced
its ITV Hub was available on Apple TV, while Wednesday saw the global rollout
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