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You'll soon be able to use your phone as an Android TV game controller

Android TV Nearby Connections API

Finally Google is letting users combine the mediocrity of Android gaming with the terrible experience of using touchscreen/accelerometer game controls.

That's right: soon you won't need multiple Android TV game controllers to play splitscreen Mario Kart knock-offs on the big screen - just a few friends with Android phones and not a single actual video game among you.

Half-kidding aside, Google has added a "Nearby Connections" API to its Play Services developer tools so developers can let Android TV owners play games using their phones as controllers, according to the Android Developers Blog.

The news comes not out of MWC 2015, like most of what we've been discussing this week, but from GDC, the San Francisco gaming conference that for some reason goes on at the exact same time.

It may still be a while before developers start implementing phones-as-controllers support into Android TV games, but if that's such a big problem for you that you're actually tempted to go buy a bunch of Android TV controllers you should probably just shell out for a PS4 instead.

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Via Engadget

Michael Rougeau is a former freelance news writer for TechRadar. Studying at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Northeastern University, Michael has bylines at Kotaku, 1UP, G4, Complex Magazine, Digital Trends, GamesRadar, GameSpot, IFC, Animal New York, @Gamer, Inside the Magic, Comic Book Resources, Zap2It, TabTimes, GameZone, Cheat Code Central, Gameshark, Gameranx, The Industry, Debonair Mag, Kombo, and others.

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