Lost your TV remote? If you have a device runningor , you can use your phone instead.
A new feature will soon be built into: remote control functions for and that run Google TV or Android TV. You can use your phone to control TV power, move around TV menus and use the phone’s keyboard to more easily enter usernames, passwords and search terms.
Google says the functionality will work for the more than 80 million active devices run its Android TV smart TV operating system or its new variant, Google TV. In the US that includes theand streamers as well as TVs made by Sony, TCL and Hisense.
Although this is the first time it’s been built directly into Android, controlling a TV via a phone is nothing new. Google has long offered similar functionality with its Android TV remote control app, for example, while Roku, Samsung, LG and others allow remote control via phone apps.
Meanwhile iPhones and iPads can control Control Center in iOS and/or the app.streaming boxes and -compatible TVs using
The built-in TV remote features are rolling out to Android devices later this year.