Android TV’s remote app is being built into Android by default

Just like all major streaming platforms, Android TV has had a remote app for some time. At today’s Google I/O conference, Google announced that those remote control capabilities will now be built directly into Android phones. The new built-in version gains some improvements over the existing stand-alone app, such as a Google Assistant button and TV control buttons. The new remote will roll out to Android devices “later this year.” Even though the Fire TV is based on Android, it is highly unlikely that this new built-in Android remote will be able to control Fire TV devices, so you’ll need to stick with the Fire TV’s Remote App if you want to control Amazon’s streaming devices with your phone.

2 comments
  1. Gene says:

    Are the volume controls already in the Android version of the android TV app or will this be a new addition? Reason I ask is because in the iOS version I have no volume controls.

  2. Gene says:

    Also wish that you could see a list of installed apps to launch similar to how fire tv app is setup.

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