[Poll Results] How do you usually interact with your Android TV?

Android TVs are meant to be leanback experiences. You don’t use a mouse, and there’s no touchscreen. Instead, you can use a remote control to navigate a simplified interface, occasionally using voice. With the introduction of remote controls comes a number of different ideas for what that means. On Android TV there are many different ways to control the device. We took a straw poll of readers on the site to see how they interact with their devices.

69 readers responded
69 readers responded

Device Remote

nexusplayer

64% of users primarily used the remote that came with the device. Some Android TVs, such as the Nexus Player, include a small Bluetooth remote which contains a few buttons for navigation. There is also a microphone which can capture a user’s voice when prompted.

Gamepad

Snakebyte VR Controller

14% of users primarily used a gamepad. Android works natively with a number of game controllers, such as the Snakebyte:VR. This can usually provide a much better gaming experience by giving one a more ergonomic object to hold and more buttons for richer games. Most do not have a microphone, although the gamepad for the NVIDIA Shield does let you record audio and make voice searches.

Android TV Remote App

atv2

With the Android TV Remote App on Android or iOS, you can control your TV from your phone. The app is limited in functionality, but about 19% of users still use it. It lets you navigate and make voice searches, and has the advantage of being on your person already.

Mouse & Keyboard

Android TV contains all of the functionality of the Android OS, including built-in support for keyboard and mice peripherals. It’s easy to pair a keyboard using Bluetooth or just over USB. Searching can be a lot easier than trying to use the on-screen keyboard.

Mice don’t work especially well in Leanback apps. Technically they do work, although not as well as using a remote (or even the arrow keys on a keyboard). Still, if you have sideloaded a lot of non-Leanback apps, this may be a better solution. It’s the primary use for 3% of users.

Conclusion

Android TV is available on a number of different devices from many OEMs, giving users choice over what features and hardware they want. Along with the hardware of the device itself, there’s many ways to interact with the device. While the included remote was the most popular, one cannot discount the many other types as well.

Are there any other thoughts on controlling your TV? Let us know in the comments below.

A new poll is going up asking you what activities you do on your Android TV. This one will be available for a few weeks.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker)Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop.Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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  • staknhalo

    I use a Logitech Harmony 350 for media browsing/viewing/normal functions, and a wireless 360 controller when gaming. This is on my SHIELD.

  • ike301

    The Inteset INT-422 4-in-1 is the best damn remote out there in my opinion. There’s programming code for the Nvidia Shield and I can finally stop live TV without going into another app by simply clicking the stop button. It’s also back-lit, which I absolutely must have. Great build quality for $25 bucks and puts any Logitech remote to shame.