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I have a new tv that has Android 4.0.3 installed.

I would like to control the Android system on the TV from my Android based phone. I have tried the following applications.

XBMC - Has a great remote and good interface but I would like to control the whole Android sytem not just an application.

DroidMote - Has a server application that will only run as root. (Yes I could root the TV but that's effort)

TeamViewer - Only offers remote control through view and click.

I understand that sending keypresses and control the Android system may require root due to the need to interface with the Android system but I'm sure there would be a way to do this without root and Android to Android should be very compatible.



Android - Phone

Android - TV

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Am surprised that, by lack of detail in your question, the fact that there was no documentation about the TV in itself, which suggests how to use/control it? Care to provide more information? – t0mm13b Dec 26 '12 at 4:35
It is just a TV with standard IR input along with WIFI/Ethernet connectivity running a small Android box that is installed inside the TV. The hardware aspect should not matter in regards to this question because I am simply asking for a good method of controling one Android device from another over a network. It is a software based question. Thanks – Christopher Wilson Dec 27 '12 at 22:45

I just briefly read through the manual for your television found at Kogan's website, and as far as I can tell, the only available connection interface other than the typical IR used by remote controls is network-based. That means whatever application you use has to be supported both by the serving device (i.e. your TV) as well as use the local network protocol, much like the Netflix application has recently built in.

From what I read about DroidMote, it's going to be similar to TeamViewer, however you have the added downside of needing root, which I understand you're attempting to avoid.

I'm not necessarily presenting a suggested solution here, but I did want to call out some of the limitations I've spotted while digging. I think you've listed the best out-of-the-box options thus far, so I'm afraid I have no additional suggestions beyond.

Good luck.

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Thanks for your response. Obviosly the control would need to be performed via a network connection hence looking into applications like droidmote. I find it strange that there is no "easy' way to control another Android device via a network connection from another Android device. Does the android OS have some protection on sending keypresses and other actions that are not from the devices keyboard? (Remote Control Protection). Thanks again – Christopher Wilson Dec 27 '12 at 22:37
Does the android OS have some protection on sending keypresses and other actions that are not from the devices keyboard? Not necessarily confined to keyboard of any kind, in fact, the OS does have protection, any app that gets installed, has a unique user id (UID), from which it is difficult to send keystrokes, aka injecting events into another process.. if that makes sense so in a way it does sort of answer that statement. – t0mm13b Dec 27 '12 at 22:51
That makes perfect sense. That is most likley why the DroidMote app requires root in order to function correctly. I'm just going to have to root my TV sigh this will be fun...... – Christopher Wilson Dec 27 '12 at 23:05

If your device supports Google TV you could try the Google TV Remote app

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There are a number of apps, like remodroid, droidmote, tablet remote and even a number of vnc server, most of them requiring root access, and those that don't require root access have fairly limited features.

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So it seems most need root access due to ending keystrokes etc to other apps.. Well I'm trying to exploit it now.. – Christopher Wilson Feb 18 '13 at 13:25

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