You may have forgotten about Google TV. We can't really blame you, nor
can we say that Google TV has really been able to gain traction in the
market. Google has shown a willingness to push things out into the
market without actually knowing how it'll turn out; Android has taken
off and become a huge success, while things like Buzz, Wave and Google
TV have faltered. That said, GTV is still around in some fashion, and
some folks are definitely still using it. And if you're one of those
people, this new development is for you.
Early on, Google released an Android application that enabled one's
phone to be used as a Google TV remote control, but the millions of
iPhone users wondering if they would be taken care of had nothing to
show for. Now, that problem is over. Google has just released a Google
TV Remote app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch; all you need is iOS 3.0+.
The video here shows exactly what the app is capable of, but here are
the basics: Your phone improves standard TV remote activities like
changing channels or accessing your DVR, and you can also interact with
your TV in ways you never have before. For instance, try using the voice
search to find your favorite shows and movies just by speaking into
It's a free download, so you've nothing to lose. The only real downside?
The iOS version doesn't currently support the sharing of web pages from
phone to TV screen, but hopefully that can be added in a later release.