Galaxy Gear Smart Remote app allows TV control through IR sensor on Galaxy Note 3/S4
Love controlling your TV with that IR sensor on your Galaxy Note 3/Galaxy S4, but are tired of keeping the devices in your hand all the time? Well, if you have a Galaxy Gear, you can transfer those TV control duties from your phone to the smartwatch on your wrist. Samsung, and Peel, makers of the WatchON app, have released a new app for the Gear called Smart Remote, which controls the WatchON app on the phone, and in turn your TV, right from the convenience of your wrist.
Of course, since the IR port is on your phone, you’ll still be using it to change channels or adjusting the volume of your TV, but with the Smart Remote app, you can simply leave your phone lying on your table (with its IR sensor pointed towards the television) and control it all with the Gear instead, making things more convenient and giving yet another example of how a smartwatch might be put to use in offloading some tasks from a smartphone to your wrists.
To use Smart Remote, you’ll need to install the app on your Galaxy Gear from the Gear Manager app on your paired smartphone (the full name of the app is Smart Remote for Samsung Galaxy Gear, here’s the Samsung Apps link for it), and things are as simple as they can be after that – place that phone in front of your TV somewhere and then take control from the watch. Nice, right?