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YouTube app will no longer be supported for Google TV versions 1 and 2 'after April'

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Specifically, the YouTube app will stop working on devices running versions 1 or 2 of Google TV, as well as older smart TVs and Blu-Ray players. While support for the app will be dropped as of the end of April, Google says that it will begin shutting down older versions starting today, April 20.

The shut down of older YouTube apps is being done to accommodate new API changes and features for newer versions. From Google:

As we upgrade the YouTube Data API to bring more features, we'll begin shutting down the old version on April 20, 2015. This will result in the current YouTube app not working on certain device models from 2012 and older.

If you're still hanging onto a Google TV device, versions 3 and 4 will be able to update to a new version of the app and otherwise remain unaffected. Other devices losing support after April also include older smart TVs, Blu-Ray players, and Apple TVs. As an aside, now might be a good time to start looking into picking up a shiny new Android TV box.

Source: Google

48 Comments
  • Does Chromecast run google TV? Posted via the Android Central App
  • No completely separate platform. More of a "casting" standard really. Posted via the Android Central App
  • No, it runs Chrome OS
  • Technically you're correct too, when Chromecast first released it was hacked and they discovered its built from Google TV. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I personally haven't heard Google refer to version numbers before. Out of curiosity what version is the Nexus Player running?
  • Nexus Player is running the new Android TV platform (currently Android 5.1), not the old Google TV platform, which was also based on Android, but not quite the same.
  • Yep, It's all about pushing Android TV now. Google TV is history
  • I think the key question here regarding YouTube ongoing support is the Google TV version, rather than Android, which may or may not directly correlate to the Android version, but it isn't apparent in the article. I have a Sony DSZ-GS8, and I don't think I've seen anything on it that indicates its version in the context of 1 or 2.
  • Doesn't your Nexus Player come with Lollipop? Rooted LG G2 Rooted GSIII
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  • It sucks to be left behind. I wonder if illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup
  • Most people that have those Google’s, have a Chromecast now.
    This is another way to make Chromecast more appealing than Apple TV. Rooted LG G2 Rooted GSIII
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  • This is why I've never paid attention to the "Smart" features of any televisions I've purchased. A lot of HDMI ports are good though!
  • Exactly... For "smart" features, I'll buy a Chromecast or Roku (and upgrade those if necessary). Save $$$ on the soon-deprecated "smart" functionality.
  • I haven't seen a non-smart tv that isn't off brand in a while, so you are paying for it, whether you use it or not.
  • I know, and that's annoying. I have no faith in TV OEMs to update their smart TV software,so I want my TV to be a dumb display, with any smart features coming from a $100 box that I can swap out every year or two as necessary. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Rats. I guess that is just another nail in the coffin of my Revue, still limping along. I always said that I wouldn't upgrade my Revue until they made something with HDMI passthrough, but I'll have no choice if they disable all/most of the services,
  • This is where I am. but i only use my revue for pron...i mean the browser :)
  • Most, uh, most websites can chromecast from android now...
  • One step closer to retiring that BluRay player...
  • Versions 1 or 2 of Google TV. What does that mean? Posted via Android Central App
  • This why you don't buy a Google tv, spend big money to have it rendered useless in couple years, lol, Posted via the Android Central App
  • They could atleast open it up to developers!!!!!!!!!!! Not only is it locked down, you cant even (Easily) root the devices
  • Sorry Logitech Revue. You are officially dead. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wait...what?
  • A good reason why people should go the HTPC route. I specifically avoided a SmartTV knowing that in a couple years all the smart functions would die off. Better to keep the smart functions in a separate, upgradable box. And a full PC is the most upgradable. Posted via the Android Central App
  • agreed, the built in smart TV makes 0 sense to the educated consumer. it's the clueless ones that feel they need to future proof their brand new TV and fall for the gimmick Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have a couple of Smart TVs, not because I wanted to future proof, or because I fell for some gimmicks.
    It's because Sam's Club had 60" Visio LED smart tvs for $600 a pop.
    So I said I'd never buy a smart tv, but when a tv is that good of a deal and happens to be smart, i'll take it. And I will tell you, I have a Chromecast on almost every TV in the house, but I still find it more convenient just to hit that Netflix button on my TV remote. So I actually do use the functionality pretty often lol.
  • Does google TV have a browser? If so use the html5 based YouTube TV player. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes but that's not needed. On my Sony GoogleTV (TV not the Blu-Ray player) the app disappeared a week or so ago and was replaced by a web-view. My kids went nuts and actually won't use it anymore. They've moved to their tablets to watch YouTube. It's actually better looking (IMO) but functionally its not as intuitive. I wish I could hack the GTV stuff off of the TV and just make it a dumb TV so I could then connect one of the Android TV boxes coming out.
  • you're not able to use android TV on your Google TV? I'm no tech guy, but certainly more educated than your average Joe. people's heads must spin when they walk into their local best buy and try understanding this stuff! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Have Sony NSZ-GS7, recent YouTube app update replaced it with direct link to open youtube in chrome.. well, I think it's called the leanback view of it anyway.
    Because it's done in browser, it broke the play/pause functionality on the remote... :(
  • I wondered why they upgraded the YouTube app to a version that doesn't work a couple weeks ago...
  • Android TV is The future of TV in my opinion being that the Nexus Player runs so good and smooth...it can only get better from here.
  • Until they stop supporting that too someday! The thing I hate about the industry. Can you imagine if certain aspects of your refrigerator or auto stopped working because a company deemed it so? "Smart" TV's should never have been made to begin with. Just a really bad idea for this very reason.
  • I have to agree with you on this one. I also find that I don't even use the "smart" features of my TV anyway. I have a laptop for Hulu and Netflix, Chromecast for...Hulu and Netflix, and I'm good to go. The dang TV is used for ESPN, tennis, basketball, the local news, and a few shows I enjoy watching. None of these things require any kind of "smart" feature Posted from my dang awesome Moto G!
  • No its not. It's just another pet project that will be primarily used by hardcore Google fans. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm still hanging on to my revue because of the built in rf blaster and remote app. Love controlling my dvr from the phone and tablet. Unfortunately, no new Google device has this Posted via Android Central App
  • I guess they are moving towards wifi...plus most newer phones have those IR blasters. Posted via the Android Central App
  • He is talking about the IR Blaster feature, not remote. My Cube had it too and it was nice. It had an IR cable that ran from the Goggle TV to the IR receptor on your Cable Box/DVR. That and HDMI pass through would allow the Google TV to send inputs to your cable box making your Google TV feel like an extension of your DVR. It allowed voice search to dip into your cable providers guide.
  • Was this because of new APIs or forced upgrade?
  • So does anyone have a list of devices that are no longer supported? Also, what about Youtube for consoles? Will the console apps get updated?
  • Google have stopped YouTube working on old iOS devices. Will they be stopping it working on old android OS's? This could be a good way of getting everyone using older devices to upgrade. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I wonder to what extent this is related to the decision to make YouTube a paid app... No need to answer! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Same goes for PS Vita.... Posted via the Android Central App
  • HTML5 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Another reason to leave my Asus Cube in it's box, and another reason to buy the Shield Console when it comes out.
  • The new Android TV offerings, while implementing a more fluid and responsive UI, lost TV pass thru, and these new YouTube apps also no longer appear on my network for me to send video to without having to first pair the phone. Please don't become more like Apple.. I need the freedom and power over simplicity, otherwise I'd buy an iPhone like the sheep... Posted via the Android Central App
  • The new google tv "forced" update actually down graded the you tube functions... My sony goggle tv qwerty keyboard doesnot work on this app and the media keys like fwd play stop are useless in this crapy app... Pressing leter by leter in the traditional remote way is utter foolish brainless functionality brought by this new update... Bring back the qwerty support and dynamic search result functionality that was there in the old but was still a powerfull version...Its not an upgrade its a down grade...i guess some bunch of idiots joined Google should hav designed this thoughtless useless youtube downgrade...