Google Home app adds D-Pad controls for Android TV devices

For years, Google had a smartphone app for controlling Android TV devices on your local network, which came in handy if you lost your remote. The company has been slowly moving the remote functionality to other apps, and now the remote found in the Google Home app is a bit easier to use.
Reddit user PhilStation pointed out on the Android TV subreddit that Google Home v2.47.1.0 adds a new option for D-Pad controls when connected to an Android TV (or Google TV) device. Before now, you could only use ‘Swipe control,’ which was essentially a large touch pad. Swipe control doesn’t always work the best, so it’s great to have the option for something closer to a standard TV remote.

Google moved the Android TV remote control functionality out of the legacy ‘Android TV Remote Control’ app in September of this year, placing them in the Google TV app and pulling the original app from the Play Store. The same feature was later placed in the Google Home app, which is probably the best place f…

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