Google Home Update Adds Android/Google TV Remote

Rolls out today for Android users

The days of relying on clunky physical remote controls are slowly crawling to an end.

Google just rolled out a dedicated Android/Google TV remote control app as part of its Google Home 2.46 update, according to 9to5Google. Those who own an Android/Google TV or Chromecast device will no longer need to use a packed-in remote, which is always nice.

Google Home 2.46 Remote

Masakaze Kawakami

The dedicated remote control does everything you expect, including navigating via swipe and offering quick mute and volume adjustment capabilities. You can also use a keyboard to type in lengthy passwords and search bar terms. 

The Google TV app already includes a remote control option, but having it as part of the overall Google Home ecosystem should be more convenient for many users. Google TV also received a minor update this week that alerts users when their favorite content is available to watch for free. 

Other than the remote, Google Home 2.46 is a relatively bare-bones update, with fixes for several bugs and some general performance improvements, as listed at APKMirror.

The remote control was released today for Android users via the Play Store. However, Apple users will have to wait a bit since the iOS version of Google Home 2.46 does not include the remote feature. It will be included in a future update. 

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