Thursday, March 17, 2011

Google TV Remote for iPhone

A very popular feature of Google TV to use your phone as a remote control. We released the Android version of the Google TV Remote app in December and I am happy to say that the app is now available for iPhones, iPads, and iPods running iOS 3 or higher.

Why would you want to use your phone as a remote control? We made this quick video tutorial1 when we released the app for Android, but the summary is:
  • Your phone improves standard TV remote activities like changing channels or accessing your DVR. I love using it at night, because the back light means I can see all the buttons in the dark and the buttons are easy to find. Watch
  • You can also interact with your TV in ways you never have before. For instance, try using the voice search to find your favorite shows and movies just by speaking into your phone. There should be less fighting over the remote, too, since multiple phones can work as remotes at the same time—you just need to agree on what to watch!
Download and try Google Search app today; it’s available free from the iTunes App Store. You can also scan the QR code below.

Ambarish Kenghe (AK), Google TV Product Manager

1Please note that the iOS remote does not currently support the sharing of web pages from phone to TV screen. Sorry.