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Google TV Remote With Better Interface Launched to Replace Android TV Remote App

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Highlights:

  • Google launches a new remote app for Android TV & Google TV.
  • The new remote is available to Android users from Quick Settings or through the Google TV app.
  • The new app will let users utilize their smartphone as an auxiliary remote.

Google has announced an app for Android users which can replace the remote control for Google TV boxes. The app is not only useful for regular remote duties but also makes it a lot easier to enter text like searches and passwords.

They are making the experience of using your phone as a virtual remote control, faster to access and easier to use by upgrading the UI and integrating the feature directly into the Android mobile OS as well as the Google TV app. After the new remote feature is widely available, the Android TV remote app will no longer be supported and available for use.

The Company Officials said:

Starting today, you can find something great to watch on your Google TV even when the couch has eaten your remote. We’ve built remote-control features directly into your Android phone so you can power on your TV, navigate through your recommendations or even start up your favorite show right from your phone. And you can use your phone’s keyboard to quickly type complicated passwords, movie names, or search terms”.

How to Use your phone as the remote for your Android TV?

You need an Android device running Android 4.3 or higher to use the Android TV Remote Control app. The app is currently Android only, with Google not commenting on any iOS version, and will be released in 14 countries over the next few weeks.

  • On your Android phone, open the Google TV app.
  • Near the bottom right, tap Remote.
  • At the top, tap Scanning for devices.
  • Choose your device.
  • To complete pairing, follow the instructions on your phone and TV.
  • After pairing, you can use your phone or your remote.

All of the remote’s functions, including the Assistant button and keyboard capabilities, work just as you’d expect from a physical remote.

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