YouTube launches smartphone remote control feature for TVs and more

Google has been working hard to improve YouTube and today they've announced an awesome new feature to make viewing videos on the big screen even better. They've already pushed features to allow sharing videos to Google TVs, but today they've announced the same feature will soon be arriving with support for multiple smart TVs and accessories from a variety of manufacturers. Their remote control feature will soon be available on a mass scale, not just Google TV.

Nielsen’s year-end rundown has Android on top once again

It's time for Nielsen to break down the data it collected throughout the year, and once again, we're seeing Android dominate the mobile space as of the end of October 2012. Android had 52% market share at the end of Q3, which places it a significant 17 percentage points ahead of its closest competitor, iOS. BlackBerry managed to secure a third place ranking with 7%, while Windows Phone was only able to boast 2% market share at end of Q3.

Google shows off the Nexus 4 camera in latest ad spot

While shipping might be a little behind for those hoping to get a shiny new Nexus 4 for Christmas, Google's wasting no time showing off their brand new smartphone and some of the awesome features it has. Google's back with another Nexus commercial today, this time showing users the power of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean's Photo Sphere feature to take the perfect holiday photos.

YouTube tweaks interface for mobile web and 10-inch Android tablet users

YouTube is never a company to sit back and relax. It seems like every week there is something new going on with the video service. Now, YouTube has rolled out an update for its mobile browser app and its Android app on Google Play. This update offers a shiny new interface that should make finding on watching videos on the go that much more enjoyable. The update on Google Play only supports 10-inch tablets, so all those 7-inch owners will have to sit this one out. The update adds a guide that makes it easy to watch your favorite channels and find new ones to enjoy. The layout of the guide makes it easy to understand why the larger amount of screen real estate was required to support the refreshed interface. The update is available to download on all Android devices, but phones and smaller tablets will not notice much of a change. All devices will receive some bug fixes and performance improvements. Those are obviously not has fun as a redesigned interface, but they are important none the less. As for the mobile web version of YouTube, that has received some big changes as well. The UI looks much more similar to the new desktop version of YouTube that was rolled out recently. It also includes new features designed to make finding new content to enjoy even easier. [timeline] [via Slashgear]

YouTube adds automatic closed captions in 6 new languages

Way back in 2009 the folks from Google finally added closed captions to YouTube, since then they've been updating as many videos as they can, adding more languages, and improving the option. Today Google has announced on the official YouTube Blog that they've added 6 brand new languages to their automatic caption system. Last year they added a few, and now European countries have more options.

Google TV updated with voice search and more awesome goodies

Google has announced some awesome improvements to its Android-based Google TV service. The service has been out for around two years now, and while it hasn't quite taken off the way Google may have hoped, it is slowly gaining traction, and nice updates like this should attract more people to it. The new update adds voice search and a rebrand of the movies & TV shows section now called “PrimeTime.”

Google is shifting towards a “mobile first” mentality

The folks from Mountain View clearly have a huge foot in the mobile game, not to mention they've been stepping up that game over the past 6 months with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and their new Nexus line. According to a note to investors Google's been talking more and more about mobile, and multiple employees have stated they are shifting towards a “mobile first” mentality.