Google March 18 rolled out its Google TV Remote App for Apple iOS devices, including the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Users can search channels by voice from anywhere in the house.
Google reminded the public that its Web-meets-TV service
is still around by releasing a version of its Google TV Remote application for
Apple's iPhone March 18.
Launched in October
on Logitech's Revue companion boxes and Sony Internet TVs
and Blu-ray players, Google TV is an Android-based software service that lets users switch between their
TV content and Web applications such as Netflix and Amazon Video on Demand.
The service was largely proclaimed pricey, unfinished, or
even buggy by many reviewers. Google made
some improvements in December to boost the user experience, releasing the Google
TV Remote app connects to Google TV through a user's WiFi network.
The Remote App mimics the Logitech-built Google TV keyboard
controller, letting users change channels, adjust volume access DVR content.
However, it goes one better, letting users search for
shows and movies by speaking into their handset, from anywhere in their house. Google
originally only launched this app for Android phone users, leaving out Apple
mobile device users who also use Google TV.
Google finally published
the Remote App for iPhone to Apple's iTunes App Store, which
users can download
for free to manage their Google TV content consumption from their iPhones,
iPads, and iPod touch devices running iOS 3 or higher.
Google offered one caveat for the app; for some reason
the iOS remote will not allow Google TV users to share Web pages from their
phone to their TV screen. This is a nifty feature Android phone owners can use
to "fling" YouTube videos from their handsets to watch on the big
screen at home.
Google Remote App for iPhone is just the latest of
several free, native apps Google has designed for the iPhone since Apple loosened
up its developer terms of service. The program
Google Voice, Google Goggles, Google Latitude, Google Places, among
What is unclear is how many iPhone or iPad owners are
using Google TV in lieu of Apple TV, the much cheaper but less functional Web
TV product. That would certainly have a bearing on how many people download the
free Remote App for iOS devices.