Google’s ChromeCast and Cast ecosystems have been incredibly successful for the company, according tomedia. By connecting affordable devices, users can “put screens” video from almost all streaming applications onto their TVs. Of course, one of the most popular screen-casting apps is YouTube, which now has more control.
The cast menu is a pop-up dialog box that you see when you project content onto your smart TV. For YouTube, it displays a thumbnail of the current video and options for play/pause and volume. It looks like Google is adding some additional features to this menu with server-side updates. The menu has shortcuts for virtual remote control snares and voice commands.
Voice control shortcuts are simple. Users can use commands such as Play, Pause, Skip to control cast content or search for new videos. In general, the actual remote control is not required to cast the content. But according to SmartDroid, virtual remote controls can be used to “switch back and forth in the YouTube TV app.”
As mentioned earlier, these features appear to be introduced through a server-side update on YouTube version 14.50.53. This could be a new feature, or it could be a feature that Google is testing that hasn’t yet been completed.