If you own an Android TV box or a television with it built in, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve also taken the time to install Google’s remote control app to go with it. It’s not that the app is necessary, but it’s a great backup in case your main remote is lost or the batteries die. All things considered, it’s a pretty basic utility app; but it might not be quite so simple in the near future. A teardown shows that this little remote control is about to turn your phone into a full-fledged gamepad. There are also signs that it may soon take care of shutting off your TV for you and we might also gain control over the volume of voice responses.
Note: The updated apk that spawned this teardown was released early this month. I got to it a bit late, but thought it was still worth posting since none of the features have been released yet.
Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (application packages) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information. It’s possible that the guesses made here are totally and completely wrong. Even when predictions are correct, there is always a chance that plans could change or may be canceled entirely. Much like rumors, nothing is certain until it’s officially announced and released.
What are you supposed to do when a couple of friends surprise you at your place to play some video games and you’re short a couple of controllers? If you have one of the traditional gaming consoles, you’ll probably have to make an emergency run to a store and drop $50 each to buy extra controllers you’ll probably never use again. If you’ve got Android TV, you might be able to solve this with just