Google wants to build a new experience when using Android TV and also Google TV. And it is that their operating systems for smart televisions really need to copy one of the best features that tvOS has: remote control from an iOS or iPadOS device without the need to install any application.
The best of Apple TV and iOS comes to Android TV
One of the most prominent yet simple features of tvOS and Apple‘s iOS or iPadOS devices has long been the integration between them. And we do not say it for things like being able to use AirPlay to send an audio or video signal, nor for being able to share services, etc., but rather for the experience of use and interaction itself.
In other words, when controlling an Apple TV, you have the default option to use the control knob that includes Apple’s set top box. However, since some versions of iOS and iPadOS, the company introduced native support to be able to use an iPhone or iPad as a remote control from which to control the interface and even to be able to enter texts in a much more comfortable and agile way.
Well, that’s what Google is now building for both Android TV and Google TV. The company’s idea is that Android devices can function as a remote control for its operating systems for smart TVs and set top boxes.
Wasn’t this already possible? Yes, the answer is that it could already be done through the use of an application that some television brands offer to their users or through their own solutions such as Android TV remote control or applications such as those included by Xiaomi in their phones with an IR sensor.
The difference now is that Google intends to add this option natively, as Apple does. That would mean that when you were connected to the same network as the TV or set top box with the Google operating system, a notification would appear on your Android smartphone or you would have a direct access to control both the interface and enter texts quickly.
The need for such an integration
Without many details about how this new integration would be carried out by Google of its operating systems for mobile devices and televisions, the truth is that something like this was very much needed. Because not all users know that there are different ways to control the TV with the mobile or simply like the idea of having to install more applications.
If all this now arrives natively installed on the system, possibly thanks to the use of Google services, the feeling of integration would improve and with it own user experience. In addition, knowing that it is increasingly common to enter texts to search applications such as Netflix, Disney +, YouTube, etc., that we use services that require registration and login to be able to offer their full potential or because they are even more paid.
Because you just have to try to use the keyboard that appears on the screen on our television with a traditional remote control to know that it is a real madness and waste of time as well as usability.
When will the new remote control option arrive?
Just announced on the occasion of Google I / O, this new remote control function that will improve the user experience for those who have devices with Android TV or Google TV will arrive at the end of the year . The exact moment is not known, but logically with the launch of the final version of Android 12 it should already be operational.
The big question anyway is whether through updates it will also be available on Android devices that make use of a previous version. Or if, on the contrary, this integration that you are looking for between phones and other devices such as televisions themselves, ChromeOS computers or even your car through the use of a digital key, will be something exclusive to the latest version.
Hopefully one day they will also integrate AirPlay to be able to share screen from an iPhone , iPad or Mac easily. Although surely that will be more difficult to end up happening.