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Well, that didn't take long. Just a couple of hours after the end of Google's I/O keynote, the Android TV remote control app has burst on to the Play Store. Download it now to control all the Android TV devices in your home! Which are none. Because Android TV isn't released yet. And won't be until the fall.

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If you're wondering why Google even bothered to put the app on the Play Store in the first place, it's because it's designed for the developer kits currently on display at I/O. Since it seems to work with most current Android devices, it will presumably stick around until the release of Android TV in the fall. The interface looks super-simple, just a few pointer buttons, a touchpad, a keyboard, and a voice control button. And speaking of premature releases...

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Google has also published Google Cast Receiver to the Play Store. This is the app that will let Android TV pretend to be a Chromecast, and gain access to all the functionality therein. Unlike the remote, this app is actually designed to run on Android TV itself, so anyone who doesn't have access to a pre-release Android developer kit won't even be able to try it out. The app will be pre-installed on all Android TV hardware, so it's probably only on the Play Store so that Google can issue periodic updates.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Aooga

    Why are the home and back buttons different than the ones in L?

    • Tarun Pemmaraju

      I'm guessing the new icons were a last minute desicion as every previous leak had different icons. They probably didn't have enough time to change the icons.

    • hldc1

      Probably because L isn't ready for primetime yet.

  • Felipe Pimenta

    Well, I guess that, even if I had a Android TV, would be over the time to update my phone. Not compatible with my XS running 4.1.2...

  • theinvisiblehand

    I was wondering during the keynote whether I would be able to install Android TV on my Samsung smart tv. Did I miss the part where they said I could or could not?

    • Arcest

      That will depend on how tvs handle firmware update. I guess most tv won't be able to update that much.

    • Scott Harris

      That's why you buy a regular TV so you don't lock yourself in to whatever the manufacturer wants you to have.

  • lnfected

    Nonuniformity of UI design is still found in the app wjth that home and back buttons

    • DonEmu

      Android L isn't actually out yet, so the buttons should resemble what is in Jelly Bean no?

  • James Alexander

    Google search has also been updated! It breaks XGELS!

    • Felipe Pimenta

      It's Update Wednesday, after all. Just a much more interesting Wednesday...

    • Jaggari

      APK Please

  • Ben Said

    Why couldn't Google make a "Nexus TV" or something? I really want this Android TV right now!

    • Kevin

      What?

  • Defenestratus

    Can't install the receiver on the Vizio Co-star

    • Brad

      because it's not android TV... it's google TV.

    • Spasillium

      Did you read? "this app is actually designed to run on Android TV itself, so anyone who doesn't have access to a pre-release Android developer kit won't even be able to try it out." That Vizio is not an Android TV.

  • WORPspeed

    someone get the APK of the google cast app and see if it isntalls on other devices because:
    CAST TO
    ALL THE THINGS!

    No seriously, to replace cheapcast with?

  • TedPhillips

    not compatible with my cube gtv (3.2), i wonder if the JB gtv's have better luck.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Unsupported on N7 2013

  • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

    Doesn't work with my LG TV on Jelly Bean. However funny enough if I run the Remote Control app on my phone it crashes "com.google.tv.discovery" on my TV. XD

  • Leon Tseng

    Téléphones Android sont mon téléphone Android préféré à l'intérieur de mon favori téléphone bon marché de l'OnePlus (http://goo.gl/gjtg0F), bel aspect.

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