The concept of using your smartphone as a remote isn't a new one. Modern flagship devices such as the Galaxy S4, HTC One, and LG G2 all have built-in IR blasters and ship with pre-installed apps for controlling your TV. The Play Store even has a few downloadable options with more features. Now Comcast is rolling out a remote of its own intended specifically to control its new generation of XFINITY boxes. You know, the ones with the sleek black UI, not the aging blue one.

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Not only does the app have the obvious ability to change channels and pause whatever's on, it comes with voice commands to make searching for shows easier. Just tap the mic and name what you're looking for. If you're not sure, you can also ask for genres, sports teams, or TV schedules to guide you in the right direction.

Given that this is an initial release, be prepared to exercise patience as the company works out any kinks. The app's available below for free to current customers.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • srikanth003

    ha.. for a moment thought chromecast app for xfinity...

    • Jonathan Danna

      Hahaha never, they'd rather you just get a cable box.

  • Eli Shirk

    How do I get Comcast to replace my old box with the newer X1 STB?

    • Dustin Maki

      You have to call and make an appointment to have a tech come out and replace the box. That is the only way you can get one. I have one myself.

      • Eli Shirk

        Dustin what region are you in. I was told by xfinity csr that X1 rollout has been suspended for my region in eastern Pennsylvania, but that they are hoping to have it out by the end of January (probably 2015).

        • Dustin Maki

          I'm in the Midwest. They were have massive problems with the box so that might be why they suspended the rollout. When we got it we had nothing but problems. Now it seems perfect.

          • Dubb

            Got mine back in early Oct. and had nothing but issues. Still having a lot of issues, but they went from big nasty bugs like the boxes freezing to lag and other oddities. This app won't help or hinder those problems, I'm just glad they rolled out an advertised feature.

          • Dustin Maki

            We got a software update for it recently and it's (knock on wood) been running fast and smooth with no hiccups at all whatsoever. But before we were always getting RDK-3032 and other ones. Constantly pulling the power plug and plugging it back in to fix that issue.

  • JayEvans

    @elishirk:disqus first you have to be in an area where Comcast actually offers the service. :(

  • Michael Smith

    Not that I miss it, but it is nice that this is now available for Android. I got my X1 back in May, and had the app on my iPhone. It is nice to have an extra remote, but really, the real remote is better as you don't have to look at it to make sure you are hitting the button you want.

  • ray

    Supposedly it's still going out to new customers. At least in the north east. I " got one of the last boxes" before they stopped distributing them to existing customers.

  • http://flipperremote.com/ Limpin Larrys

    The film ends with the father shown succumbing to the children and the snack, and handing the remote back to them.