One of the great new features of the new Chromecast with Google TV is the inclusion of a remote. This accessory allows greater convenience in navigating the operating system menus, however, it may soon become obsolete.
As the publication points out 9to5 Google, the Google TV app should soon receive a remote control function. Conclusions drawn from the analysis of the latest version of the Google TV application.
Google TV will receive built-in command functionality
So far, anyone wishing to use their smartphone to control their television with Android TV has to install a standalone application. However, it has not received news since April 2017, which indicated that Google had given up on the project.
With the arrival of version 4.25 of the Google TV application, clues were found that it will receive remote control functionality. Concretely, references to an pad directional pad and the confirm and back buttons.
This means that, soon, the Google TV application should receive the features that we find in any command. In this way, a physical command or the installation of another application for the same purpose will no longer be necessary.
Communication between the television and the application on your smartphone must take place via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Functionality that is not yet functional in the latest version of the application.
It is too early to understand exactly how this new function will work. It is certain that it will come to replace the Android TV Remote Control application, but will it have padding to fully replace the physical controls?
This is a question that we will only be able to answer when Google releases this feature and presents its strengths. Until then, you will still need your remote to interact with your smart TV.
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