Google's Finally Letting People Use Phones as Android TV Game Controllers

By Tom Pritchard on at

If you're someone who enjoys using Android TV to play mobile games on the big screen, you probably have a gamepad to do it with. That's about to change though, because Google is finally going to let you use your phone as the controller.

Google made the announcement in a post to the Android Developers Blog, detailing that it has added a 'Nearby Connections' API into its Play Services developers tools. This means that Android TV owners will be able to connect their phones to their TV and use them as controllers.

It might be some time before third party developers actually start utilising the new API in their games, but I'm sure anyone desperate enough to play Android games on a big screen will own a dedicated gamepad already. [TechRadar]