April 29, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Since I first connected my Google TV and brought Android into my living room, I’ve cried out for one app: Phone to Google TV. Chrome to Phone has become a must-have app because it allows me to send links from my desktop to my HTC EVO 4G, and I wanted the same option to send links from my phone to Google TV. There have been plenty of times in which I’ve come across a website and wanted to bring it up on my Google TV, but I could never find an app that would save me from re-typing the address.
It turns out that there was a solution right under my nose the whole time. I recently noticed that there was a Google TV Remote option in the list of apps in the Android Share function. I’m speaking, of course, of Android’s feature that can push information, including links, from one app or service to another. So if I get a link to a blog post with a video embedded, I can use that function to send it to Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, or any other app set-up to handle it.
After a quick test, I suddenly realized that I actually have my Phone to Google TV option after all. With the Google TV Remote or the Logitech Harmony apps installed, I can push links from my phone to my Logitech Revue box. People have been able to do this with YouTube videos from the beginning, but this option works with more websites. Link shorteners don’t seem to be recognized, so you may have to click links you see on Twitter (bit.ly, deck.ly, etc.) to open in the browser and then pass it along. Here’s an example.