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If you're an owner of WD's set-top box, then an app just landed in the Market that's going to make your life a lot easier: a remote control. That's right, now you can control your WD box directly from your Android smartphone or tablet.

The app connects to your WD TV over your Wi-Fi connection, and offers everything you would expect from a remote control designed for the device, including one-touch access to every online service available, keyboard entry using Android's on-screen keyboard, a gesture pad for quick navigation, and, probably one of the most convenient, the ability to connect multiple Android devices at once (and play multiplayer games).

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WD TV Remote requires Android 2.1+, so it should work with basically every major device to hit the market within the last year and a half. Also, in order to use the app, you'll need a 3rd generation WD TV Live Hub or TV Live system (released around October of 2011), as well as wireless access to your WD TV unit.

The app is free in the Market, hit the widget to grab it!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Edd

    I love Android remotes. I wish a model came out with IR so that I could chuck out all my remotes (I work for a big phone maker and asked that we do this in future models). Highly recommended apps: BSRemote, GRemote, and Remote Launcher.

    • Joe Simpson

      No need! With Android 4, All you need to do is pop in an accessory which could be made really tiny ;)

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

    This would have been news if it happened a year ago. I have a WD TV and it was fine, but the limits on what it can play combined with a fairly outdated interface, it just isn't that compelling compared to alternatives like Boxee.

    • ash

      Huh, you must have the older model? The WD TV Live that I have plays everything except 10bit h264.

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

        I'm too lazy to dig it out right now, but I bought it towards the end of 2010 and at the time it was the latest model. Technically it'll play almost anything, the only videos I found that wouldn't play were usually damaged/corrupted somehow or very unusual codecs. The problem was the audio in the videos, so many audio codecs it wouldn't play... I started kinda losing my mind with so many videos that would start up only to be completely silent. For a little while I tried re-encoding videos to different formats but it just wasn't worth the time and trouble. I bought a Boxee earlier this year and I've yet to have a single thing that didn't play (it's almost like a set-top version of VLC that way). I do have a lot of complaints about Boxee's interface (still better than WD), and I'm seriously tempted to grab the source tree and just crack out on it for like a month or two (too bad that would get in the way of actually making money).

  • Jason

    Bummer, says it's not compatible with my Galaxy S2

  • Hiram

    Funny, they just sent me an email a couple of days ago and mentioned the remote application, but it appeared to be iPhone only: the only apps I could find in the Market were unofficial ones. Thanks for the heads up. Hopefully it will work on the original generation Live (not Live+) with WDLXTV. :)

    Ah, just noticed it appears to only be for the Live+. :(