Revamped Google TV app features a remote control For Android TV

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Google TV app allows you to watch movies and shows from your streaming services. And also you can buy and rent movies and shows. Based on XDA Developers reports, the Android Google TV app will soon receive an update. This Revamped Google TV app may include a built-in remote control for Android TVs.

This Revamped Google TV app’s universal remote could easily replace the outdated Android TV Remote Control App. Initially, this feature was found in the code for version 4.25 of the Android app. Where it reveals an unfinished built-in remote interface around a large D-pad. Also, it has the option to pair the app with an Android TV with the help of a 4-digit PIN.

Technically, Google already has an Android TV app for both iOS and Android. Where it offers similar functionality, but both of them are outdated and haven’t received any updates in years. With the Revamped Google TV app update, Google may or may not continue both of these TV apps.

Here are the details of this Revamped Google TV app

Based on XDA Developers reports

Based on the XDA Developers attached screenshots, We can say that the Revamped Google TV app’s remote control looks quite minimal. The screenshot reveals that this remote control features a large square D-pad with a circular button at the center and arrows on four sides. This will help users to easily navigate the Android TV UI on your connected smart TV.

For controlling Google TV, You have to first pair your Android TV to this Revamped Google TV app by choosing it from a list of available TVs. Then the pairing process begins, where you have to enter a 4 digit PIN code that will appear on your TV in the app. After finishing it, then you will be able to use this remote control to control the Android TV.

Reports further inform that, while testing this Revamped Google TV app’s remote feature it didn’t seem to be quite compatible with NVIDIA’s hield TVs. If this new Google TV app remote control goes live then it may replace the Android TV remote control app.

Consequently, this Revamped Google TV app remote control may get additional capabilities. Such as voice input support, a touchpad, and keyboard support till it goes live. As of now, there is no such information about this remote control feature.

Recently, the Google TV app for Android phones received an update

Google’s Android TV Remote Control app from the play store allows you to connect your phone to your TV and functions like a remote. But this Android TV remote control app has not received any updates since 2017.

However, The Google TV app for android devices recently received an update to version 4.25. With this update, we can say that this Revamped Google TV app remote features seem to work on the directional pad enter and back buttons. Also a system for pairing your Google TV app to an Android TV.

Reports claim that “when they tried to enable the pairing process on one of our devices, but we couldn’t as it seemed to be in the development stage. As a result, no devices were found both on WiFi and Bluetooth. With all this in mind, we can say that this revamped Google TV app’s remote feature will be through Bluetooth or WiFi. Which is quite similar to the Android TV remote control app.

At the moment, these new features don’t work at all. But it well indicates the direction Google seems to be heading with this revamped Google TV app remote control. However, it will be better to see everything under a single Google TV banner.

Other details

Similar to Google’s messaging platform, Google isn’t exactly consistent with its digital media ecosystem. Previously Google combined its Google Play newsstand which was once Google Play Magazines and Google Currents into the Google News.

Also, Google Play Music was replaced by Youtube Music and now Google Play Movies and TV app is renamed as Google TV. This is quite different from the Google TV skin based on Android TV. Now with Revamped Google TV app’s remote control feature, it tries to combine the Android TV remote control app. Leaving the outdated Android TV remote control app aside.

If Google does similar work, then soon Google combines its video-on-demand platforms. And it may brand them into a single “Google TV”. But it is not yet clear whether this will replace Android TV, just like Wear OS replaced Android wear. Currently, Google is focusing on the user interface, viewing experience, and its digital content store.

Conclusion

Google is working on integrating the Android TV remote control into its TV app. This new revamped Google TV app remote control may feature a large D-pad and the option to pair the app with an Android TV device with the help of a 4-digit PIN. These unreleased remote control features have first appeared in the code for version 4.25 of the Android app. These are the details based on the screenshots and XDA Developers’ reports.