The Best Remote Apps For Your Android

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The Best Remote Apps For Your Android

Your Android is great at doing smartphone stuff on its own screen, but it’s also remarkably adept at controlling devices and applications entirely separate from itself, from desktop applications to entire operating systems. Here’s a look at our favourites.

App/System-Specific Remotes

VLC Remote (Beta)

bearing the official-seeming VLC Remote tag

VLC Remote (beta)App Brain

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Remote for iTunes

Remote for iTunesApp Brain

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Roku Remote

It’s a very well-done remote, front to back, that can control multiple Roku boxes with all the features of the real remote. You can skin the remote for a nice background, access the info screen and the quick 30-seconds-back button, and add a widget to your home screen. That last feature allows for a really killer setup — make one of your home screen panels devote to the widget, and you’ve got a remote with just a swipe of the finger.

Roku RemoteApp Brain

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Boxee

stripped-down version

Boxee by Supware.netApp Brain

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YouTube

Leanback experiencethat

App Brain

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XBMC Remote

Official XBMC RemoteApp Brain

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General Remotes and VNC

Unified Remote

Unified RemoteApp Brain

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Gmote 2.0

with a hack

GmoteApp Brain

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RemoteDroid

After you install the app on your Android and the server software on your system (Windows, Mac and Linux), you’ve created a proxy mouse and keyboard for your media machine out of your Android. Nothing more, nothing less — full cursor and text control from a small screen onto a much bigger screen.

RemoteDroid

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TeamViewer

many

TeamViewer

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What’s your favourite remote control app for Android? Tell us all about it in the comments.

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