26 April 2018
YouTube for Android TV is one of those Google apps which do not pick up updates quite often. This is the reason that whenever it does, it is mostly worth looking at as it brings some significant changes. The same has happened with the latest update which not only brings a new design but also adds the ability to manually adjust video resolution.
Yes, you read it right. YouTube finally lets you adjust video quality manually on Android TV. Prior to this update, the app used to adjust the quality automatically depending on the network speed. While it reduces one step and is aimed at making it more convenient, it can turn out to be frustrating for those who are on limited data connection. You can check out the feature in action in the video below.
As for the design change, the new design features a Black background and looks a lot cleaner than the previous one. It is worth mentioning that the design change is the result of a server-side change. It means even if you are on the latest version, you might not see the new design right away. But being on the newest version is your best bet to get the revamped design.