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It's tradition, or an old charter, or something, that no self-respecting geek would ever surrender their TV zapper or their smartphone. Fortunately for Sky customers, those two things are now one and the same. The company has tweaked its Sky+ Android app to offer the same remote control functions found on the iOS version, letting users change channels, play, pause and rewind the picture. The update meanders out from today, and will work so long as your Sky+HD box is connected to the same WiFi network as your phone or tablet.

Update: The Sky+ iOS app has also received an update. More channels are available in the Catch Up section, and recently added TV box sets are now highlighted in the On Demand category. iPad users will also find more additional content for popular shows through the Discover More feature, and can post what they are watching straight to their Facebook feed.

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Sky+ app remote control feature comes to Android

Tuesday 5th February: From today, Sky TV customers will be able to control their TV from any Android smartphone or tablet following the introduction of remote control functionality to the Android version of the Sky+ app. People with an internet-connected Sky+HD box and an Android smartphone or tablet will be able to use their device to change channels as well as pause, play and rewind TV with a quick swipe or tap of their fingers on their device screen.

Sky TV customers can also now manage their planner through the Sky+ app, allowing them to add and delete recordings they have stored on their Sky+HD set-top box, without interrupting viewing on the main TV.

The new update is just the most recent to the popular Sky+ app, which makes it really simple and easy to find out about and plan great TV to watch. Other useful features of the app include being able to browse the entire week's TV through a user-friendly TV Guide, remote record both individual programmes and entire series, get recommendations of other programmes you may like, and manage recording clashes. On Demand listings will join the Android app later this year.

All people need to do to enjoy this latest feature of the Sky+ app is to connect their compatible Sky+HD box to the same WiFi network as their Android device.

Launched in 2009, the Sky+ app has been downloaded more than 5 million times and ranks in the Top 20 Entertainment apps in the App Store. The award-winning* Sky+ app sits alongside a wide range of leading mobile apps available to Sky customers at no extra charge.