It’s a question that we get asked this al the time, “what’s the best remote to use to control KODI?” well that’s a tough one to answer as there are so many great remotes out there right now. It would seem that there is a new one being released every week each claiming to be latest, thinest and quickest.
From experience, I have found that one of the best remotes out there is actually the Official KODI remote from the AppStore. I am not a real fan of big clunky keyboards and like the fact that I can control the TV with my phone. I mean after all, your phone is on you at all times so it seems logical to be able to take control of KODI from it.
After a little digging, (and I mean a little as there are quite a few out there now) we have found 4 great KODI remote apps that are not only great at doing what they are meant to do, but they are FREE! That’s right, some things in life are free and we’ve found 5 on the AppStore which you certainly need to check out. There are others available, if you’re willing to drop between £0.79 and £3.99. At the end of the day, it’s something that you would probably use every day, so it may be worth the money to some. In the mean time, why not check out these three remotes, they’re free and easy to set up!
OFFICIAL KODI REMOTE – APPSTORE
The original remote for your mobile and tablet, and still probably the best one out there to be honest. Comes with a a fully functional keyboard, library browsing, now playing informations and a direct remote control. Easily manage your music, movies and files from an easy to use, easy to set up app. The UI is not as appealing as some, but at the end of the day, it’s a remote. It does what it says on the tin kind of deal.
SYBU works similarly to that of the Official KODI Remote but with a few more features and a much more appealing UI.
One of the many great features of SYBU is that once you’re set up on the network SYBU will actually recognise your installed add-ons and you can actually launch directly into a specific add-on directly from the remote making it easy to swiftly switch between add-ons.
SYBU has a fully functional keyboard, which is essential when controlling KODI as we all know. Here’s a full list of what you can do from the remote screen on your phone or tablet.
Considered to be the ‘unofficial’ XBMC/KODI remote this is a really simple, yet sleek UI. Although the remote is free on the AppStore it comes full of great little features that could certainly make this a payable app in the future. Here’s a list of it’s great functions…
-Movie library support
-Audio library support
-Tv Show library support(banners/posters)
-YouTube search your movies on iPad and play on XBMC
-Cinema Experience Script support (popcorn icon in movies)
-Custom commands (HTTP / xbmc commands)
-XBMC Subtitles script support
-Facebook / Twitter integration
KORE KODI REMOTE – GOOGLE PLAY STORE
The official remote for KODI for Android users. Now I am not personally familiar with the remote, having not owned anything Android. However from what we can see, and what we have heard it’s a really neat remote, and yet again it’s free! Here’s a list of it’s features…
– Control your media centre with an easy to use remote;
– Including several colour themes;
– See what’s currently playing, including relevant information (movies, TV shows, music, pictures and addons);
– Change, sync or download subtitles;
– Switch to the desired audio streams;
– All the usual playback and volume controls at your disposal;
– Toggle back and forth between windows or full screen playback in Kodi
– Add, check and manage the current playlist;
– View what is in your media library with details about your movies, TV shows, music and add-ons;
– Direct link to relevant IMDb website for extensive information;
– Library maintenance like clean and update;
– Wake-on-LAN and other power control actions that the selected device supports;
– Send YouTube videos to your currently selected media centre;
– Send text to the instead of using the keyboard in Kodi
We believe that PVR support is on it’s way.
So there you have it, 4 great apps available to download and install on your phones/tablets today, and what’s best is that they are all FREE! No need to go out and spend £20-£30 on a fancy keyboard, honestly these apps are more than capable of doing what you need to them to do, and that’s control KODI with ease. Try them out and let us know what you think, we’re keen to know your thoughts on them, also if you have any of the paid remotes from the AppStore, let us know why you chose them over the free ones. Enjoy guys!