Google is now allowing all phones and tablets running Android 4.3 or higher to be used as remote controls for Google TV.
Google is releasing a new feature on Google TV that will allow users to transform their Android mobile or tablet devices into remote controls for the smart TV operating system. According to Google, mobile remote support is a feature that will soon also be extended to other Android TV OS devices.
Android mobile remote support for Google TV is a feature previously announced at the Google I/O conference back in May, but it just started rolling out last week. However, to use the Android TV Remote Control app, your Android device needs to be running Android 4.3 or higher.
Among other things, the new mobile remote support can be beneficial when you misplace the remote control (very often) and when you need to enter long or complicated passwords or type to search.
How to Use your Phone as a Remote For your Android TV
To access the remote control tool, your can either add the remote tile to quick settings from an Android device or through the Google TV app.
Once on the Google TV app, tap Remote near the bottom right.
At the top, tap Scanning for devices, choose your device, and complete pairing following your phone and TV instructions.
Google says the tool will launch in 14 new countries within the coming weeks.
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