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    I've created an app that allows you to use your Android device as a remote control for Google TV. It is called "Able Remote" and has several features in addition to the ones provided by the Google TV Remote app:
    • Touch navigation and touch play controls
    • Beam the photos and videos on your Android device to Google TV
    • Share web pages with the TV
    • Launch popular apps
    • View SMS and Caller ID notifications on your TV
    • Voice commands to change channels, launch apps and do searches
    • Single button power on/off all devices
    There are two versions of the app; you need to install both to get all of the features. Start by installing the app on your mobile device.
    Install this version of the app on your Android device from the Android Market (named "Able Remote"): https://market.android.com/details?id=com.entertailion.android.remote
    Install this version of the app on your Google TV (named "Able Remote for Google TV"): https://market.android.com/details?id=com.entertailion.android.tvremote


    The web site for the app is http://ableremote.com


    Please provide any feedback or suggestions.

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    Dude this is a great App, thanks for all your hard work creating this app!!! I was just saying how the remote app needed an update LOL now my prayers are answered LOL :)
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    Sweet! :cool:Gonna try this out tonight.
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    So how's your experience been with Able Remote?
    Any features you would like to see in the future?
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    yes I own an Asus Eee Pad and this remote app is not optimized for tablet use, to be able to see the Google tv screen on my tablet would be so cool!! Also to have a widget I can use on my home screen would be amazing...so far you are on it, this is much better than the Google Inc. remote app! I am not hitting the wrong button all the time anymore yippee! Thanks so much for your hard work :)
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    I think it would be awesome if it had the ability to create customizable macros, in place of the Harmony Activities which were promised long ago that ended up in resulting to one.
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    Thanks. The app should be fully functional on a tablet, but yes it isn't using the screen space effectively yet. I have some ideas for doing something more substantial for the tablet version. Unfortunately, there are some missing API's on Google TV that is blocking some of that work. I have informed the Google TV folks about this.
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    I found this about 2-3 days ago and love it. I've told several people I know about it also. I already ditched the Google remote. I'll need to play around with it a little more before I can offer future enhancement ideas. Keep up the good work.
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    Great review from Gnarl’d about Able Remote: "It offers greatly improved functionality over Google TV Remote and is so intuitive that I rarely have to glance down at my phone when using Able Remote…rating 4 out of 5"
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    Love the app.
    Would be great if you could tweak it for tablet use, and add a landscape mode... :)
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    It should be fully functional on a tablet. But yes, it doesn't make effective use of the bigger screen on a tablet. I have ideas on doing some interesting things for the tablet version, but it depends if there is enough interest in the app from users.
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    It works great on a tablet, but the landscape function would help, and you could really make use of the extra space (save having to switch screens to get to the back button, etc)
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    I switched to this from the official app and I love it. The directional swiping works significantly better. Good work dev.

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    We are currently testing a major new feature that will allow users to change any of the device or app buttons in Able Remote. If you want to change the layout of the buttons on each screen or if you want direct access to your favorite app, then the new edit feature will be for you. We hope to release this soon as a paid feature using in-app billing. All of the existing features of Able Remote will remain free.
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    it's rather fugly.

    what's this do that the official GTV app doesn't?
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    - Gesture navigation
    - Gesture playback controls
    - Beam photos and videos on your Android device to Google TV
    - Voice commands to change the TV channel, launch apps and search Google TV
    - Quick launch popular apps
    - View SMS and Caller ID on Google TV
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    The link to the device app is no longer valid and I can't find the app on Android Market. I see the one for Google TV but not the one for the device.
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    The Android Market is currently experiencing issues with in-app purchases: https://support.google.com/androidmarket/developer/bin/static.py?hl=en&page=known_issues.cs
    Version 2.0 of Able Remote was released this morning and it relies on an in-app purchase to enable the new edit feature. I decided to pull the app out of the Market temporarily until Google has fixed the issue.
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    Able Remote 2.0 for Google TV has been released in the Android Market.
    Turn your Android device into a Google TV remote!


    Able Remote 2.0 includes several new features:
    - Edit device and app buttons (paid feature: $0.99)
    - Support repeat keys for arrow navigation

    - Support forwarding all Android notifications
    - User configurable settings
    - Better phone number matching for Caller ID
    - Updated graphics


    You can download the app for free from the Android Market: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.entertailion.android.remote

    Google appears to be rolling out a fix for their in-app billing issues. Google has released a new version of their Market app today (version 3.4.4). If you don't have that version, the launch the Market app, go to My Apps and then get out of the Market app. That seems to trigger an update within a few minutes.

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