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YouTube

by youtube.com
Platform: Android Rated: Guidance Suggested
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (330 customer reviews)

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What's new in version 1.0.7
  • Bug Fixes

Product Details

  • ASIN: B00I0GS2SS
  • Release Date: January 24, 2014
  • Rated: Guidance Suggested This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (330 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665 Free in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Free in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Search, browse and play thousands of videos.

Product Description

Search, browse and play thousands of videos. This is a bookmark that provides a direct link to a TV optimized website.

Technical Details

  • Size: 16.4MB
  • Version: 1.0.7
  • Developed By: youtube.com
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Read from external storage
    • Open network sockets
    • Write to external storage
    • Access information about networks
    • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 4.0
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 3 minutes

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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The official YouTube app is great and works very well on the Amazon Fire TV. I had often tried YouTube on my Apple TV and sometimes it was slow to load or not particularly good quality (even when set to the highest resolution possible). As as an owner of Roku 2, that device does not support YouTube. So currently, I think the Amazon Fire TV is now the best device on the market for viewing YouTube content on your television.

If you have an existing YouTube account, you can simply sign in and all your videos, playlists, and preferences will automatically be added to the app. If you don't yet have an account, I'd suggest making one because it makes things a lot easier. The Voice feature of the Fire TV does NOT work within the YouTube App. Personally, I still search for videos of interest online using my laptop and then add them to a playlist - this prevents me from actually having to do the searching with the TV remote (which is far more time consuming).

One thing that can be improved upon is the layout of the app. It isn't the easiest to navigate or search for videos, and it looks a bit cluttered compared to other popular apps like Netflix.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I got this for my Amazon Fire TV. It does a good job of playing. It provides reasonable search functions.

But... I'm spoiled by voice search and that isn't available in this version. Only the slow click-a-letter-at-a-time on-screen typing. Oh so miserable!

I think the menu layout could be improved as well as use/feel better matching the Amazon Fire TV interface.

The quality of video playback seems pretty good to me and I'm very pleased with that. The issue to me is getting to the video I want to play that isn't ideal for the Amazon Fire TV platform.

As a first release it's just OK. I'm hoping that updated versions will improve the app with Amazon Fire TV integration and layout. This is a key app for a set-top box and it really needs to be better. I'm hoping that YouTube & Amazon will improve it soon.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great YouTube video on Fire TV April 5, 2014
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Great YouTube video. Easy to use and navigate the menus. Search works well and anticipates what you are searching for which helps save time with fewer key inputs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Fire TV 's users and buyers beware: This Youtube App for Fire TV has experienced a change just recently of the search function that makes it a lot worse, and in most case , useless to users of Amazon Fire TV . What happened is the Search box, and the search screen, when one starts typing in a few keywords for the search, got reduced to 1/4 of the original size and got "minimized" to the corner of the TV screen. This makes it IMPOSSIBLE for users to see and continue with the search function (unless you stand 3-4 feet from the TV screen, you can't see the contents of the search box and alphabets because the whole screen has been "minimized"). The search function of this Fire TV YouTube app used to be very good, until this ridiculous change (or is it a new release's bug?) was made just recently to this new version of Fire TV YouTube. I guess unless Amazon could work with Google to fix this problem soon, I'm going back to Roku 3 box (which still has the good YouTube search screen/function) .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works Great April 14, 2014
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This app works great on our Fire TV. Love being able to sit on the couch in jammies and watch my subscriptions on crafting. :p It allows me to sign in and actually see my subscriptions and such. It is laid out well and we really like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Youtube for Amazon Fire TV August 23, 2014
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I was used to using the youtube channel on my Roku and this is basically the exact same thing. It linked to my account and paired to my phone without any problems. The video playback has been great (subject to internet congestion) and I think that I've only seen one commercial (something that I'm sure they'll "fix" once more people start watching youtube on devices like Roku and Amazon Fire TV).

Being the same as the Roku youtube channel, I have the same complaints with it and one new one specific to the app on the Amazon Fire TV. The most grievous of which is that you can't access the playlists of the people that you subscribe to. It only displays the videos that they post in order, starting with the most recent. So if you want to watch a video that your favorite youtuber posted 4 months ago, you either have a lot of scrolling to do or you have to use the search function. If you want to watch a complete playlist from your favorite youtuber, your only real option is to pair a device such as your phone to this app, find the desired playlist with your phone, and push it to your TV. I would really love to see a way to select a youtube channel and be presented with separate tabs for recent uploads, playlists, etc.

A second, more minor complaint is that there's no easy way to "like" a video. Yes, it can be done, but requires a lot of button pressing (down, back, scroll left, select "more options", scroll right, select "like"). Press the wrong button at the wrong time and you're likely to skip out of the video and have to restart it. It would be nice to have an easier way to do this. Even better, a specific "like" button on the Amazon Fire remote. I'm not holding my breath.
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Why does the Search function change for the worse?
Hi ScreenRX, I'm having the same issue with YouTube on our Fire TV. I contacted Amazon help via the Help section a few days ago in the Fire TV app, and the rep told me he would pass this along to the YouTube app developers. Have you contacted Amazon about it? The more customers who are... Read More
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The Youtube app is pretty much useless in America as well
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