Android TV Remote App Comes to iOS

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Owners of Android TV boxes like the Nvidia Shield or Google Nexus Player have a new option for playback control: the Android TV iOS app, released this week to the App Store and spotted by Android Police.

The free app is compatible with iPhones and iPads, and its controls are very similar to the equivalent remote app for Android mobile devices. To search for content, tap the microphone icon to start a voice search or use the keyboard to input text on your Android TV. There's also a simulated D-Pad and a touchpad to control playback and menu navigation.

Multiplayer gaming is possible if you connect multiple devices running the remote apps to Android TV via the same Wi-Fi network. The Nvidia Shield boasts some impressive Android-powered games and can stream PC games from your desktop or notebook if you have a compatible graphics card.

Then again, if you have a Shield, you probably also have more than one dedicated Shield controller and aren't hurting for an iOS remote for gaming sessions with friends. Similarly, some Android TV devices come with their own physical remote, eliminating the need for the app. RCA's includes a physical keyboard and touchpad integrated into a single smartphone-sized device. The Google Nexus Player has a smaller D-pad remote that resembles the ones that come with Rokus.

Still, most flavors of smart TVs—not just Android—are increasingly relying on mobile devices to control their interfaces. So the iOS version of the Android TV app will be a welcome addition for busy households with multiple devices, some of which are likely to be iPhones, whose users all want to control the family TV.

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