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YouTube

by youtube.com
Platform: Android Rated: All Ages
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)

Price: FREE
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 1.0.4
  • Bug fixes

Product Details

  • ASIN: B00I0GS2SS
  • Release Date: January 24, 2014
  • Rated: All Ages This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641 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: 1.0.4
  • Developed By: youtube.com
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • 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

Customer Reviews

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22 of 22 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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11 of 11 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
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I installed the YouTube app on my Amazon Fire TV device, and it's OK, but I have one major complaint that forced me to reduce it from five stars to three stars.

The app allows you to search on your smartphone or other device, even your computer, then send your results to the SmartTV device to watch on the big screen.

BUT ... the next time you return to the app, you have to enter a new set of numbers to make the remote search work again.

It would be nice if Amazon would allow you to use the voice search button in the YouTube app.
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3.0 out of 5 stars No List of Recently Watched Items Is A Real Downer August 31, 2014
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My main beef in using the YouTube app on the Amazon Fire TV device is it's missing a "history" function, unless I'm doing something wrong. On Apple TV, the YouTube app keeps a record of the last 30 or so things you've watched, so if you want to go back and look at something you've watched recently, or want to finish watching something you saw only part of, you can't do it easily without having to perform a monumental search for it. This app does keep a record of recent searches (and only 10 of them at that) but not of things you've watched. This is a real pain for me because often I'll look for 10 or 15 videos I want to watch, will click on to them and watch a few seconds, and these (at least on AppleTV) will be saved as recent watches and this is an easy way of making a list of things you want to watch. You can't do it on this version of the YouTube app.

I don't care much about the voice search function. My version has it, but I don't use it. I feel like an idiot talking to a remote control. Maybe I'm just old and not used to such things, but maybe it's something I don't want to get used to. In order to search on YouTube without the voice search or the ridiculously clunky hunt and peck letter-by-letter search entry (AppleTV also does a better job of implementing this, though it's still a pain to use), I link up my iPad to the Amazon TV and type in searches, and this works well.

It's the lack of a real history function that sinks this for me. When/if they add it, I'll upgrade my rating to 5 stars because everything else here works swell.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars This Youtube App for Fire TV has experienced a change just recently of...
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 ,... Read more
Published 2 hours ago by ScreenRX
5.0 out of 5 stars Most wonderful media source to watch anything
Most wonderful media source to watch anything, any topic or any subject by push of few key buttons. Google searches and youtube shows it.
Published 2 days ago by Amanullah Khan
5.0 out of 5 stars To me there is nothing better than YouTube
To me there is nothing better than YouTube.com. I watch many lessons on painting with acrylics, oils, watercolor, and also, drawing. You guest it, I'm an artist.
Published 2 days ago by Martha L. Toner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it!
Published 3 days ago by Janice Jewers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The best source for getting information.
Published 3 days ago by M. Mulligan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cool app
Published 3 days ago by Randy
5.0 out of 5 stars No need for friends when you've got YouTube
Everything I ever learned and even stuff I did not really want to learn, I learned from YouTube university.
Published 3 days ago by B. Worded
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 4 days ago by Mellissa coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good way for music video we don't see on TV
Published 4 days ago by William Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Sweet memories of Hawaii!
Published 4 days ago by Maddy
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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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