Apps Turn Smartphone into TV Remote

You can now add another feature to the list of things your smartphone can do. This time, it's taking on the remote control.

Even if you're not one of the nearly 800 thousand people who follow Colby O'Donis on twitter, you've probably heard him sing. The 23 year old Grammy-winning artist has worked with Lady Gaga and Akon.

"I just released a new song called 'Like Me,' so yeah know it's been a cool adventure," says O'Donis.

But the artist couldn't do it without his tech, a home recording studio, and TV service from AT&T U-Verse.


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O'Donis explains, "I couldn't breathe without it [technology] at all. I'd probably die without it."

Now while that might be a little extreme, I showed O'Donis a new feature of the U-Verse app that turns your phone into a remote control. And O'Donis was no stranger to losing his remote.

"Yes I do all the time. I don't know how. I look at it as a little sometimes as little remote thieves that just, when you're not looking, just put it somewhere and you're like where did my remote go?" expressed O'Donis.

After trying out the app on his phone, Colby was impressed.

"What? I think this is so crazy. Oh my god. This is just like the remote. It's literally like the remote but in an iPhone. I'm never gonna look at the remote the same. Like this has totally ruined me. I will never look at the remote the same ever again. This is crazy," said O'Donis.

And since your phone is always by your side, now your remote is too.

"You're already using your iPhone for texting," said O'Donis, "You're already using your iPhone for phone calls, playing games. Now you're controlling your TV on it.

AT&T representative Todd Merris says, "It's great for families because each individual remote control phone because your own personal remote control."

And for those who never let their smart phones run out of juice, you'll no longer have to worry about dead remote batteries ever again.

"Oh take it, throw it away, do whatever you want. I don't care. This is crazy. I love this. This is dope," expressed O'Donis.