Android TV owners can already use their phone as a remote control thanks to the Android TV Remote Control app. However, that app has not been updated since time immemorial, a sign that Google has other plans for the app and the functionality it offers.
Those plans were revealed today when 9to5google discovered code strings in the Google TV app (formerly known as Play Movies & TV) that suggest Google is about to add the same remote control capability available in the Android TV Remote Control app.
The strings refer to a directional pad, enter and back buttons, and the ability to pair a phone with an Android TV, which is exactly what a remote would do. Unfortunately, the option to turn your phone into a remote with the Google TV app is not yet functional, but at least we know you don’t have to use a standalone app to do so.
Judging by how quickly Google brings new features to its apps, it won’t be surprising to see the new functionality arrive in just a few weeks. We’ll keep an eye out for any developments, so stay tuned.
Google TV app turns your phone into a remote control for Android TVs