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Android TV - Wi-Fi Control

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  • Wifi control would be great but perhaps easier would be control over bluetooth since all Android TV units have bluetooth anyway and controls are is pretty universal so it should be easier to implement.

    Ideally an Android TV remote should be able to combine IR with either wifi or bluetooth control for full functionality (IR for TV power, volume, etc and wifi / bluetooth for keyboard input and special keys). 

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    • Charlie Callow Indeed a fantastic idea, perhaps we will see if we can manage to get it working via BLE like we did with the Apple and FireTV as like you suggested, the controls are universal and not difficult to implement.

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    • Bolu O Looks like the work is already mostly done here! Bluetooth HID devices are pretty universal and since Fire TV is based on Android (and in fact I have used Fire TV remotes with Android TV devices before without issue) I decided to try a little experiment.

      I did a search for wifi and bluetooth devices on my Sevenhugs smart remote and and it found my first gen Fire TV stick. I know this is not supported due to it not supporting bluetooth LE but I selected it anyway to get my Seven Hugs into bluetooth pairing mode. I then searched for bluetooth devices on one of my Android TV devices, a Phillips 43PSU6401 (which does my have bluetooth LE support). It found the remote and I was able to pair it succesfully. I can confirm all the controls work perfectly. I think for Android TV all you need to do is use the same remote as Fire TV but add Android TV devices to the discovery list (or provide an option to just select "Android TV" to enter pairing mode without requiring discovery). Hope this helps!

      I also have a Nexus Player and ADT-1 dev kit (and will have an ADT-2 eventually if Google ever ships them!). When I get a chance I shall see if it works with those also.

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    • Bolu O Sevenhugs  To add to my last comment, obviously I can already control the 43PSU6401 via IR anyway so it will be even more handy with devices like the Nexus Player which lacks IR.

      However, even on devices with IR, being able to do keyboard input over bluetooth is still handy. As is the trackpad, even though the sensitivity seems too high (often even short swipes move two items along).

      This got me thinking, could we get the ability to act as a generic bluetooth keyboard and/or mouse and add those a buttons to any device remote in the (beta) layout editor? That would be perfect for TV's with Android TV built in which have pretty good support via IR already but could do with just the extras over bluetooth LE.

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    • ADT-1 lacks BLE so can't find it but the Nexus Player works perfectly. The vast majority of Android TV boxes use Bluetooth LE for their standard remotes so I should imagine other models will work also.

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    • Charlie Callow Great feedback Charlie, which we greatly appreciate. As for your suggestions with the AndroidTV, I will make sure a member of the dev team takes a look at this post as you raised some very interesting points. Thank you for your continued support.

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  • This is the biggest piece to finally bring me down to 1 remote!

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      • Bolu OSevenhugs
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      • 11 days ago
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      Shaun Hutchinson Please stay tuned, Q1 2019 will see a lot of integrations, with this possibly being among.

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