Google TV in-app remote arrives on Android, doesn’t work

The Google TV app on Android has gained an in-app remote for some, but unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to work just yet.

For months now, we’ve been tracking the addition of an in-app remote for the Google TV app — in some parts of the world still known as “Play Movies and TV” — to replace Android’s ancient “Android TV Remote Control” app. A similar experience is set to arrive on iOS, though through that platform’s Google Home app.

Just last week, our APK Insight team even managed to mostly enable the Google TV app’s remote control, along with the accompanying Quick Settings tile. At the time, however, we noted that the app was unable to pair to nearby Android TV or Google TV devices, making the remote capabilities inaccessible.

Google TV’s in-app remote has now begun rolling out fairly widely, with multiple members of our team seeing it live as of version 4.28.46. The telltale sign is that Google TV now features a floating action button with a remote control icon. Tapping this button opens the newly launched remote control UI, where you’ll immediately be asked for permission to scan for nearby devices.

Unfortunately, even with that permission granted, the remote seems to be unable to pair with Android TV or Google TV devices. The list of devices, labeled “Available devices,” never loads, with a spinner continuing forever. After 30 seconds or so, a new bit of text shows up that says “Make sure your device is plugged into a power source.”