Today is a big day for gaming fans. Nintendo’s new home (and mobile?) console, the Switch, is available to purchase (assuming they don’t sell out). If you were one of the lucky ones who got the console and one of their “Pro Controllers”, you may find your controller getting more use than you expected.
The gamepad, which works over Bluetooth, appears to be using a standard controller HID (human-interface device) profile. This same profile would be supported on phones and computers to allow for cross-compatibility. There are many third-party gamepads on the market.
YouTuber DreWolf shows off the process on his PC and later confirms it works with his Samsung GS7. It pairs just like any other gamepad and setup is complete. He does note in his second video around 1:05, the controller seemed at times “unresponsive” although he blamed his phone for the issue. Since it pairs with Android phones, it stands to reason it would pair with your Android TV as they both support Bluetooth and standard HID profiles.
It’s not clear how well it will work for general navigating. There is a home button, but not the other buttons one would expect in Android. The NFC & Amiibo support will probably not work.
The Pro Controller is currently unavailable, although you hopefully will be able to get one once the hype diminishes a little.