Samsung TV Remote App in Android Market

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We received word from Samsung this morning that they are offering a remote control application for their televisions.  We found it in the Android Market where it has already amassed more than  5,000 downloads so far.  Looks like someone has been quietly minding their own business for a week or two now.  Moving along, the free app lets users use a Samsung Galaxy S smart phone or Galaxy Tab as a TV remote control.  Connecting via WiFi, it works for a variety of 2010 models (LED C6500 series and higher, LCD C650 series and higher, Plasma C6500 series and higher) as well as some of this year’s models of smart TVs.  The remote also features an on-screen QWERTY keyboard and 4-way directional pad to make it easy to get around.

26 COMMENTS

  1. It only works with Samsung Phones, not with other Android phones (e.g. my Motorola). That really sucks. Can’t wait till someone hacks this app for everyone…

  2. What moron of a sales executive at Samsung came up with the bonehead idea of locking this app to Samsung devices?

    I don’t have a Samsung smartphone, but I was looking at spending almost $2K on a Samsung television. Now, I will NOT buy a Samsung.

    Suck it, Samsung. You just lost a customer.

      • Well, I don’t know if I’d use that as a basis for my decision either, but turns out it’s a good idea anyway… be careful when considering Samsung for anything… We’ve all seen how they had to be “persuaded” into upgrading the Vibrant to Froyo at the very least… but they wonderful customer service also made it to the TV department… if you’re TV dies, you better hope you have a new model otherwise they don’t want to help – search samsung television problems or samsung power supply problems… I wouldn’t recommend Samsung for anything these days, sorry Nexus S…

  3. Mad marketing decision. Hardly anyone is going to select their smart phone based on their TV but this crippling of the TV functionality might move someone to another TV brand. All this on an open Android platform.

  4. Why is this locked to Samsung only phones – what’s the point of that.

    I have an expensive Samsung TV, and a Sony phone. I’m not gonna change that. Infact – This puts me off buying Samsung ever again.

    Release an unlocked version now. I don’t mind paying a few quid for it (3 tops), but do it now.

    • Like every other vendor these days, Samsung wants to distinguish itself from its competitors and gain market advantage. Neither it, nor Motorola (before Google acquisition), nor HTC, nor Amazon (with Kindle Fire) feel any loyalty to the “Android Community” to keep things uniform and open. That is only an open sourcer’s dream, and the reality is that the big players are doing all they can to customize, discriminate, and lock out their competitors. Just in case you thought only Apple was this way, I give you the Kindle Fire as evidence. Amazon customized the bejeezus out of Android and built their own little walled garden for that thing. Samsung is also beginning to vertically integrate its devices, apps, content, stores, and services. It is going to accelerate in that direction. It is the nature of business.

      This is distinct from the early PC era in that those vendors had very little room for distinction. Microsoft SOLD vendors the binaries and enforced conformity. All that the vendors could really do was compete on price, specs, or sales models (Dell pulled a coup with that surprise!). Google GIVES vendors the source code and allows complete freedom. Guess what is going to happen?

      So all these pundits that are calling “Android vs iOS” just a repeat of “WIndows vs Mac” have another thing coming.When a consumer walks in to buy his or her first tablet and is choosing between a Kindle Fire and a Galaxy Tab, the last thing on their mind is the fact that somewhere underneath they share some common underpinnings called “Android”. Nothing that they touch seems common at all, and the choice is between distinct platform ecosystems. Not iOS and Android, mind you. Amazon and Samsung.

      Thompson

  5. I was looking for the Samsung TV. But if this App does not work I will look for a LG TV, there is a free App in the market for HTC desire HD.

    Peter

  6. I have the app “Samsung Remote” up and running since yesterday on my HTC Desire Android 2.2. It’s working fine and the keyboard can also be used for entering data into text fields. (Thanks to Samsung)

  7. I have the app “Samsung Remote” up and running since yesterday on my HTC Desire Android 2.2. It’s working fine and the keyboard can also be used for entering data into text fields. (Thanks to Samsung)

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  10. Did something change? I was able to download and install to my Motorola Atrix. Didn’t know until after downloading though that it doesn’t appear to work with my Samsung 7 series TV.

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