Looks like has put the old Android TV Remote Control app out of its misery


Google has dropped visibility for the "old" Android TV remote app from the Play Store, following the rollout of the new Google TV app-based solution, which landed last week. For many, the Android TV Remote Control app listing no longer appears on either the Play Store's desktop site or when navigating to the listing via an external link in the Play Store app on mobile. With Google recently rolling out a method that replaces the old app, we have to assume the removal was intentional.

Looks like  has put the old Android TV Remote Control app out of its misery

Gone on both the Play Store app (above) and site (below) for accounts that didn't download it previously. 

Looks like  has put the old Android TV Remote Control app out of its misery

Your experience may vary — for a few of us at Android Police, the app listing continues to appear, though it isn't following the usual rules in this sort of situation for everyone. Typically, when an app is no longer publicly visible but still technically available, those that downloaded it previously can still access and reinstall it. At least one of us at Android Police is unable to do so. However, others still see the app and can reinstall it (though not from the Play Store's desktop site).

Looks like  has put the old Android TV Remote Control app out of its misery

We can't precisely pinpoint when the app's visibility was changed, but we can confirm that it happened after August 1st.

Google recently rolled out a new app-based remote via the Google TV app, which was  long-awaited and even teased by the company. Given the timing, we can't help but assume this change in visibility for the "old" method must be related. What's particularly curious, though, is that not everyone has been able to use the new remote reliably yet. Some of the software components that it relies on seem to be in the process of rolling out still, so this change in visibility for the older app might be a little premature.

Looks like  has put the old Android TV Remote Control app out of its misery

The new Google TV remote control. 

We've reached out to Google for more information about the Android TV Remote Control's removal from the Play Store, and if this was an intentional change following last weeks' release of a new Google TV app based remote control, but the company did not immediately respond.