Google is killing its old Android TV remote. The move follows the company’s launch of its long-awaited Google TV remote app last week.
The company confirmed The edge that the Android TV remote app will tilt after the Google TV remote app – which can also be used for other Android TV OS devices – becomes widely available. Android Police earlier reported the news remotely.
“We are making the experience of using your phone as a virtual remote control faster to access and easier to use by upgrading the user interface and integrating functionality directly into the Android mobile operating system as well as into the Google TV app, ”said a spokesperson. “Once the new remote control functionality becomes widely available, the Android TV remote control app will no longer be supported and available for use.”
To use the remote control, the Android TV OS TV or device will need Android TV Remote Service 5.0, which has already started to be deployed. Users won’t need to manually update their devices to get it. A spokesperson said the rollout will continue this week and will be updated automatically through the Google Play Store.
The new remote is available to Android users from Quick Settings or through the Google TV app. A spokesperson said The edge last week that the new remote app will only be available to Android users at the moment.