After leaving its original Android TV remote app untapped for years, Google is finally remedying the situation. After a false start yesterday, the command of the Google TV application is now available and the application also reaches more countries.
Launched today, the Google TV for Android app adds support for a remote control that can control Chromecast with Google TV and other products with the Android TV operating system.
As detailed above, the app remote control for Google TV / Android TV gives users basic control over their device, including navigation controls, start and rewind buttons, and options for turn on the Google Assistant, adjust the volume, and mute. Google mentions that this remote control will keep the possibility of turning on the TV, presumably through CEC.
Users also have the ability to switch between the slider control and the D-Pad control for navigation. Android 11 and Android 12 devices will also receive the “TV Command” option in the quick setup menu for easy access. Beyond basic navigation, this feature will allow users to use the phone keypad to enter text on the TV, which should be useful, especially for passwords.
From today you can find something great to watch on your Google TV even when the couch has eaten away at your remote control. We’ve built-in remote control features directly to your Android phone so you can turn on your TV, browse recommendations, or even start your favorite program directly from your phone. And you can use the phone keypad to quickly type complicated passwords, movie names, or search terms. Try it on your Google TV or other Android TV devices by adding the remote tile to your Android phone’s quick settings or by visiting the Google TV app.
We have yet to see exactly how Android TV devices can be paired with the Google TV app’s remote control, but the process involves Bluetooth pairing, as you’ll need to grant location permissions the first time it’s used. the function.
Google has also confirmed that the Google TV app, which replaces the Play Movies & TV experience, is expanding in the U.S. to 14 new countries. These countries are detailed below and the launch will begin “over the next few weeks”.
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