Google Home updates: the smartphone as a TV remote control

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With the new update of the Google Home app, the software turns your smartphone into a TV remote with D-pad controls for all Android TV devices.

Google Home 2.47.1.0: the D-Pad arrives on the smartphone remote control

There are no longer the remote controls of the past, those that had teletext and the protective shell, to which the batteries had to be changed. No, they actually still exist, but the world is definitely ahead. News a few hours ago is just that Google would be updating the Google Home app, to increasingly merge the smartphone with the remote control. Androidpolice.com reports that the latest version of the app would be equipped with D-pad, which makes interacting with Android TV much easier.

In particular, reference is made to software Google Home 2.47.1.0. The arrival of the D-Pad controls, in fact, is nothing more than a sort of analogization of the digital remote control. A move that should help even the most traditionalists to give up the old remote control to discover the comforts of the smartphone-command.

Once the update is installed, by launching the Google Home app and selecting any Android TV device, an option will appear at the bottom of the display which will propose to open the virtual remote. At this point the TV can be paired with the smartphone through a PIN code shown on the television and voilà: the phone, in addition to calling and taking pictures, also changes channel.

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