Thanks to the Internet of Things, it seems like the world is coming close to the point being able to control just about any household appliance from a single device. We're not quite there yet, but there are numerous apps out there that can help you turn your Android smartphone into a remote control for your TV, PC, media center and a variety of smart appliances. Check out this collection of Android remote control apps for the couch potato in you.
The Android TV Remote serves as a generic universal remote for Android TVs, providing basic D-Pad, touchpad and gamepad controls for navigating your Android TV's interface. The app also includes support for voice controls, as well as the use of your phone or tablet's virtual keyboard to input text. The app connects to your Android TV through your local network, or through Bluetooth.
Amazon's Fire TV set top box is a pretty neat video streaming device, especially if you're running with a Prime account. While the Fire TV box already comes with a WiFi-capable remote, you can take things to the next level with the Amazon Fire TV Remote app, which copies the functions of the handheld remote, turning your touchscreen into a navigation pane, complete with playback controls, a virtual keyboard, and voice command support.
The Peel Smart Remote app tries to do one better than other TV Remote apps by being both a replacement for a TV remote and a personalized TV guide app. Input your cable provider and/or zip code to bring up a list of upcoming broadcasts and mark your favorite shows, your guilty pleasures and shows you don't want to see. The app learns from your selections, creating personalized suggestions, as well as reminders of upcoming screentimes. Unfortunately, the remote control features require an IR blaster such as that on the Galaxy tablets, making it incompatible with numerous Android devices.
If you've got an IR blaster mounted inside your smartphone (HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G3), try Anymote. This little app turns your blaster-equipped smartphone into a universal remote for a wide variety of appliances, from TVs, set top boxes, DVD players or just about any device that accepts IR commands. The app has a lot of cool features, such as the ability to create custom remotes that bring together commands from different devices into a single screen (for example, turning on your TV, DVD player and sound system on with a single tap) and the ability to create custom macros. The app can also function as a WiFi remote for a variety of devices and apps, such as Sonos speakers, the Kodi media center, or VLC.
Twinone's Universal TV Remote is another IR blaster-based universal remote control app, allowing you to control everything from TVs to set-top boxes, with numerous presets from popular TV brands and cable boxes. Users can configure each remote's layout and button colors, and the remote is free and ad-supported with a small strip of banner ads.
IR Universal Remote turns your IR blaster-equipped smartphone into a universal remote for a variety of devices, such as TVs, set top boxes, DVD players and air conditioners. The free version of the app comes with a variety of pre-built remote control templates, as well as create a single custom remote control that you can save. Unlocking the full version of the app removes advertisements, unlocks the ability to create multiple custom remotes which you can share with other users (or download other custom remote setups), as well as create widgets.
Another universal remote app to consider if your Android phone features an IR blaster is ASmart Remote IR, which also stands out for being free. Designed to work with HTC and Samsung phones featuring an IR blaster, the app functions as a universal remote for TVs, set top boxes, projectors, cameras and other devices that accept IR commands.