Alright, TV remote control apps are not a new thing for phones or tablets. However, the existing apps either don’t work well or have limited features. 9to5mac’s Filipe Espósito tested the newly-updated “TV Remote”, created by Adam Foot, the developer of the Shift Keyboard for Apple Watch. The application now supports the following brands: Hitachi, Toshiba, Sharp, LG and Samsung.
The first time you open it, the app identifies all the connected TVs in your Wi-Fi network for quick pairing. You just have to choose your TV from the list and then authorize the app to work as a remote control. If you want to add more than one TV for use with the TV Remote app, you can do so.
With just a few seconds, your TV will be paired with the app, and you can control it from your devices. There are navigation buttons to explore the interface and menus, volume and channel controls, as well as shortcuts to media playback, mute, and access the home screen. Tapping the three-dots button reveals even more options, such as subtitles, channel list, and sleep timer.
In my experience, the app works just as I expected. I have a Samsung QLED TV, and its official remote app is pretty bad as there’s a considerable delay between tapping the buttons on the iPhone and the TV responding to the commands. With the TV Remote app, everything works nearly instantly, and I don’t have to wait a few seconds until the app identifies my TV, which happens every time with the Samsung app for some unknown reason.
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