Top 8 | Remote Control Apps for Android

There’s always one thing that mobile users do or don’t do that gets on a person’s nerves, and this only gets worse when you involve TVs. It seems that while most people know their way around a brand new technology in the iPhone, the TV is still a general mystery – hence the reason why people will binge watch entire TV shows in the wrong aspect ratio, apparently completely unaware of the squashed faces that appear all distorted on their thousand-dollar entertainment system and plasma TV. Another thing that baffles me, especially given the nature and capabilities of today’s smart TVs is why more users don’t take advantage of the abilities linking their mobile device with their television. These days it’s easy enough to link a new TV with your Android device and have full control over what you’re watching without having to use a remote, but few people take that step. This, then, is our attempt to rectify this worrying situation: check out our top remote control apps for Android users!

8. Twinone TV Remote (Free)

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Let’s kick things off with the Twinone remote which gives you some good basic options when it comes to connecting your Android smartphone or tablet to IR enabled devices. As with so many of these apps, the compatibility can be somewhat hit and miss, some devices will work and others won’t – or the device will work but only give you limited functions such as channel changing ability but no volume option. Still, the app itself is free so what do you have to lose? – Download from Google Play

7. Peel Smart Remote (Free)

The Peel Smart Remote is a fairly simple app but one that provides an impressive level of functionality, supporting more than 400,000 devices at the time of writing and a userbase that currently totals more than 100 million. The basic idea behind this app is to give you control of everything so you never need another app or another device to control your TV, set top box, DVD or Blu ray player. A nice added touch here is the recommendation system, where the app will actively suggest things for you to watch and will provide a TV guide for you to use, too. – Download from Google Play

6. Swoosh Presentation Control ($1.99)

The Swoosh Presentation Control system moves away from some of the other remote control apps in this list by offering something slightly different. You download the app to your Android smartphone or tablet and then to your computer, then easily control your presentations without the need for other external hardware. Again, this isn’t a TV remote control app but is worth considering as one of the more effective remote control apps out there on Android devices and is perfect for business users. – Download from Google Play

5. Xbox One SmartGlass (Free)

I suppose that no list of this kind would quite be complete without at least a passing mention of Microsoft’s entry into the remote control app market with their Smartglass system. The Xbox One Smartglass allows you to use your smartphone or tablet as a remote control and second screen for the Xbox One. This will give you extra info from your games, TV shows, movies and much more. It also allows you to manage your browser and Live account remotely. And if you’re an Xbox fan who hasn’t yet upgraded to the new model then do not fear for there is also a version of Smartglass for the Xbox 360! – Download from Google Play

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