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Sky+ Android app gets remote control powers at last

Sky+ customers with Android phones can now use their mobiles or tablets to control the telly.

Sky+ customers with an Android smart phone or tablet can now use their gadgets to control the telly, thanks to an update to the Sky+ app.

The TV control features, which have been available on the iPad and iPhone for months, let you pause, play and rewind on-screen action as well as changing channels.

The app also lets you wrangle with your Sky planner, setting new programmes to record or banishing old ones. The app already lets you view Sky's monolithic programming schedule, so you can pick out new shows to watch.

Jelly Bean compatible

Sky says the app will work on any Android device running Android version 2.2 Froyo or later. That should encompass any smart phone from the last two years or so, including Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the very latest version.

That's good news, as Sky has made enemies of Android fans in the past by bringing support for its Sky Go app -- which lets you watch TV from your tablet or phone -- to remarkably few mobiles. In December the broadcaster added support for high-profile phones like the HTC One X and Sony Xperia T.

Sky says the new remote app for Android is tablet orientated, so you never know -- this could be the start of better Android support from Sky. Fingers crossed. 

To use the app, your Sky box needs to be hooked up to the same Wi-Fi network as your Android gadget. Let me know what you think, and whether Sky is doing enough for fans of Google's green robot by sticking a comment in the box below or on our Facebook wall.