The Android TV app, which was available on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store, allowed users to use their phone as a remote to control their Android TV, search with text and search with their voice with their phone’s microphone. The app was spotted missing from the Play Store’s desktop site earlier this week, but it still appears to be available in the Play Store and the App Store apps for some mobile users.
The feature allows you to copy and paste movie titles and type search terms and passwords into your phone instead of fiddling with your TV’s remote. The remote tile can also be added to your Android’s quick settings, making it easy to access whenever you need it. Hannah joined Trusted Reviews as a staff writer in 2019 after graduating with a degree in English from Royal Holloway, University of London. She’s also worked and studied in the US, holding positions.
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Google has confirmed that it’s getting rid of the Android TV remote app. The app will leave the Play Store as a remote is integrated into the Google TV app.
“We’re 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”, Google told Android Police on September 27. “After the new remote feature is widely available, the Android TV remote app will no longer be supported and available for use. This transition will happen once a user’s Android TV OS device receives Android Remote Service: 5.0. or higher”.