Google TV’s in-app remote that showed up recently starts working after a report on Android TV gadgets.
For quite a long time, we have been expecting the appearance of an in-app remote for Android TV gadgets, which formally showed up on Android yesterday through the Google TV app — or the Play Movies and TV application in regions where the rebrand hasn’t happened. Be that as it may, in our testing, we couldn’t match it with any Android TV or Google TV gadgets.
As shared on Reddit by juzmafia, the solution stops via an update to the “Android TV Remote Service” app. Carrying out now by means of the Google Play Store — you need to introduce this app on your TV, not your phone — the update brings the app from 4.7 to 5.0.
When installed, the Google TV app’s new “TV Remote” option, open by means of Quick Settings and through the actual app — can perceive and combine with that specific Android TV gadget. The remote’s functions, including the Assistant button and keyboard capabilities, work similarly as you’d anticipate from a physical remote.
An interesting side effect of updating the Android TV Remote Service is that the older “Android TV Remote Control” app that Google TV/Play Movies are supplanting is presently not ready to combine, in our testing. Taking into account that the application hasn’t seen an update since 2017 and still carries the visual aesthetics of a 2014 Material Design app, this move is sincerely for whatever might be most ideal.
One more odd eccentricity, noted in the Reddit post, is that the update to Gboard 11.0 or higher might be required, however it’s not satisfactory why now.
The most straightforward approach to check on the off chance that you can introduce the update to the Android TV Remote Service is to open the Play Store on your TV — hold the Assistant button and say “Play Store” — and search for refreshes. On the off chance that an update isn’t yet accessible, you’ll need to check again later.
On the other hand, juzmafia shared the APK record to install the update manually, however sideloading apps on Android TV isn’t as clear of a process as it is on phones, so we don’t suggest it for the vast majority.