Clik is the future’s remote control

Daniel Bader

February 16, 2012 6:13pm

Kik’s Clik is sick. Say that three times fast.

But Clik is something you’re going to want to say, and then try, and then gape at, as it is the best remote control for your content available. In fact, Clik is currently limited to YouTube, but that’s like saying you’re only limited to a Mandarin buffet; there’s a lot to choose from.

From the creators of Kik Messenger, Clik has been in development for years, allowing you to pair your Android or iPhone to a screen with any browser, though the browser needs to be modern enough to utilize HTML5. Once paired with a QR code, your phone can control YouTube with a speed never seen before. Selecting a new clip, or scrubbing through an existing one, is instantaneous over 3G. Think of being able to sit on your couch, smartphone in hand, being able to watch content on your television without needing a mouse or keyboard.

Clik is launching a private API that is available to developers to build their own apps for the platform. The app is pretty limited right now, but the vision is endless. The pitch states, “unlike other Device-to-TV solutions that require consumers to own multiple devices made by the same manufacturer, Clik enables developers to build apps that connect iOS or Android smartphones to any screen with a browser.”

That means that app developers could match its existing apps to operate on your HTPC — a sort of universal AirPlay — across multiple operating systems, using Clik’s APIs.

Check out Clik by downloading the Android or iOS app, and then head to to control the action. Try it on your home PC or laptop; it’s pretty remarkable.

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  • Tom

    That sounds great – a smartphone remote that is truly universal!

  • Ryan

    Google already makes a Youtube Remote app. It does exactly this without a QR code, just your google/youtube account.

  • jonny

    What I would like is a phone with IR so it can really be a remote for any device that has a remote.

  • Gus83

    Awesome when your PC is hooked up to a 60″ LED… Now they just need to add streaming ctv, global, citytv, etc.

  • jonnyboy

    what nexus case is that?

  • tweak_four17

    I’d also love to see IR / UHF integration somehow to make a truly universal remote

  • tweak_four17

    Shouldn’t be that difficult for harmony to make N Android and ios app that could WiFi or.Bluetooth to a seperate transmitter

  • tweak_four17

    Nevermind, apparently it already exists as the Harmony Link. Also reviews says its….lacking. too bad .