Able Remote 2.3.1 Released with Favorite Bookmarks

Able Remote 2.3.1 for Google TV has been released in the Google Play Store.

The ultimate Google TV remote. Turn your Android device into a Google TV remote. A featured app in the Google TV Store!

Able Remote 2.3.1 includes:

  • Favorite web bookmarks.
  • Support for international countries.

Many users have asked for individual buttons for web sites. In this release, the previous bookmarks feature has been moved to the favorites tabs at the bottom of the main screen. You can now create a button for each of your favorite web sites.

This release also includes improvements for international countries. Since these countries will not get channel listings from Google TV, we have added auto-complete to the manual channel feature for the most popular channels in each country. Thanks to the users who tested this release in their various countries!

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Update: Significant Limitations of Vizio Co-Star Google TV Device

It seems the physical remote can be used to send the IR commands for IP remotes such as Able Remote, but it is disabled by default.

The remote goes into power save mode when the physical buttons aren’t pressed. You have to disable power save: Settings -> Devices -> Bluetooth -> Vizio XRA700 Remote -> Remote power save -> Off. The remote will be on all the time and can then be used to forward the IR commands for Able Remote. You have to point the remote at the devices and of course the remote battery will be drained faster. Its an awkward solution, but at least it is technically possible.

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Significant Limitations of Vizio Co-Star Google TV Device

The Vizio Co-Star device does not have an internal or cabled IR blaster. Only the Co-Star physical remote has a IR blaster.

This means that IP-based remote apps such as Able Remote or Google TV’s official remote app cannot replace the physical remote. The remote apps won’t be able to control devices attached to the Vizio device. This includes controlling your TV, STB, DVR and AVR.

For Able Remote it means that most of the basic device features won’t work with the Co-Star. Also enhanced features such as favorite channels won’t work. You will be able to navigate Google TV and run apps.

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Able Remote Tasks

We have received requests from users to support popular apps like Tasker and Locale to allow the automation of tasks on Android. Users want to send button commands to their Google TV devices and invoke Able Remote macros.

However, supporting this kind of automation would impose technical restrictions on Able Remote which we don’t want to impose on all of our users. So, we are considering a companion app that would fully support automation and would allow users to automate buttons and Able Remote macros for their Google TV devices. This app would probably cost $0.99.

We would like to gage interest in such an app, so please leave a comment or email us if you would like us to develop such an app.

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Able Remote 2.3.0 Released with Manual Channels

Able Remote 2.3.0 for Google TV has been released in the Google Play Store.

The ultimate Google TV remote. Turn your Android device into a Google TV remote. A featured app in the Google TV Store!

Able Remote 2.3.0 includes:

  • Manually add favorite channels.
  • Change button styling.

This release includes a new feature to manually add favorite channels. If the channel listing does not include all your favorite channels, now you can add it yourself. If you have an over-the-air tuner, then Google TV will not list those channels; now you can add those too.

Users have asked for different buttons styles and this release now has a new setting to select from 4 different kinds of button styles.

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Able Remote 2.2.9 Released with PIP

Able Remote 2.2.9 for Google TV has been released in the Google Play Store.

The ultimate Google TV remote. Turn your Android device into a Google TV remote. A featured app in the Google TV Store!

Able Remote 2.2.9 includes:

  • Enhanced PIP feature.
  • New DVR record button.
  • Additional logos for favorite channels.
  • Fix for sharing issue.

This release includes an enhanced picture-in-picture (PIP) feature. The enhanced PIP feature allows you to place the TV video anywhere on the screen using gestures. When you click the new enhanced PIP button, you will see a touch control. Use one finger to move the PIP window and use two fingers to resize the window. There are some technical limitations with this feature: you cannot interact with other apps on the screen and you cannot independently control the audio. So get your favorite app ready and then add the enhanced PIP on top.

There is a new button to allow you to directly record shows on your DVR instead of using the Bookmark/Record button to select the same action.

We have added many more channel logos for the favorite channels feature. If you got a text label for your channel, try again and see if you get a better image logo now.

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Able Remote Bug Fix Releases

We apologize for having to do 2 bug fix releases over the weekend. We know that users get irritated with having releases too frequently.

The first bug fix release was 2.2.7 on Saturday and fixed an issue that some users were experiencing which gave the buttons solid colors.

The second bug fix release was 2.2.8 on Sunday night which fixed an issue for users of the free version of the app which kept prompting to purchase the app.

We appreciate your understanding and continued support.

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Able Remote 2.2.6 Released With Netflix

Able Remote 2.2.6 for Google TV has been released in the Google Play Store.

The ultimate Google TV remote. Turn your Android device into a Google TV remote. A featured app in the Google TV Store!

Able Remote 2.2.6 includes:

  • Netflix Instant Queue.
  • Improved styling.
  • Setting for screen dimming level.
  • Fix for notifications for Jelly Bean and tablets.
  • Fix for Picasa photo sharing.

This release adds support for the Netflix Instant Queue. Click on the favorites button at the bottom of the screen to setup your Netflix account. The list of movies in your queue will be displayed. You can launch a movie directly by just selecting it in the list.

This release also includes bug fixes and improved styling for various versions of Android.

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Able Remote is a Sony Select Featured App for Google TV

Able Remote has been selected by Sony as a Google TV featured app. On your Sony Google TV device, launch the Google Play Store and then select the “Sony Select” button at the bottom of the main screen.

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Able Remote 2.2.5 Released in the Google Play Store

Able Remote 2.2.5 for Google TV has been released in the Google Play Store.

The ultimate Google TV remote. Turn your Android device into a Google TV remote. A featured app in the Google TV Store!

Able Remote 2.2.5 includes:

  • Fix for sharing button layout with Hotmail.
  • Improved storage for backup files.
  • Fix for crash on startup on some mobile devices.
  • Fix for crash on some GTV devices.
  • More favorite channel logos.

This is mainly a bug fix release.

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