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Panasonic Viera Remote Control App review

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Panasonic Viera App

Summary

Our Score:

8

Pros

  • Video sharing is brilliant
  • Multimedia sharing is useful
  • Voice recognition on Android is good

Cons

  • No music sharing or voice recognition on iOS
  • No enhanced TV listings functionality
  • Media sharing a little unstable

Key Features

  • Swiping of TV images to tablet/phones
  • Turns smart device into game controller
  • Multimedia sharing with TV
  • Web browser sharing with TV
  • Remote control clone
  • Manufacturer: Panasonic
  • Review Price: free/subscription

The days of the traditional remote control are looking increasingly numbered. During a number of recent reviews of TVs from LG, Samsung and Panasonic we’ve come across secondary remotes with touchpad controls, voice recognition systems, ‘Wiimote’-style point and click control devices, and even gesture control systems that let you use your TV without needing any physical remote control at all.

Interesting and even occasionally helpful as some of these alternative control systems have been, though, it’s the sort of tablet/smartphone systems we’re looking at today that seem to most successfully reinvent TV controls.

Panasonic’s free Viera Remote 2 app is designed to work with a pretty wide selection of the brand’s 2012 and 2011 TVs. The full (UK) list looks like this: VT50, GT50, ST50, UT50, XT50, WT50, DT50, ET50, ET5, E5, EW5, VT30, GT30, ST30, G30, S30, UT30, DT35, DT30, D35, D30, and E30. If you’re reading this review from other regions, there’s a comprehensive region by region list of supported TVs in the App Description on the app store.

There’s a big "however" to go alongside this list of TVs, though. The functionality supported through the app is not the same across all the listed TVs. Crucially, the brilliant facility for ‘transmitting’ what’s being shown on the TV onto your Android or Apple device is only available on Panasonic sets with dual-core processors built in. Which means only the GT50, VT50 and WT50 models.

Older isn't better

Similarly, owners of 2011 Panasonic TVs additionally don’t benefit from the App’s Gamepad control feature, web browser functionality, or cursor control option.

This confusion isn’t helped by Panasonic’s failure to explain the different levels of functionality in any of the immediate written materials connected with the app. A cursory examination of the ‘ratings’ and comments associated with the app reveals just how many people are feeling confused and frustrated, believing their model of TV should be delivering a feature that it in fact cannot.

Panasonic Viera App

The only place you can find a TV-by-TV breakdown of exactly what the app does is to click on the App Support tab in the App Store listing, and then find the small link text entitled "Viera TV models compatible with the VIERA Remote".

With all this in mind, you can’t help but think it would have been nice if the app itself told you what features it could and couldn’t deliver once it has recognised the model of TV you own.

Android vs iOS

Adding yet more confusion to proceedings is the existence of some key functionality differences between the Android and iOS versions of the app. For instance, the Apple app does not allow you to play music stored on your iDevice through to the TV, while the Android version does. Also, the Apple app doesn’t support voice recognition - a feature we quickly found ourselves using routinely on the Android version as the simplest means of inputting text into the Viera web browser.

Both of these iOS limitations are, it must be stressed, on account of Apple's control-freakery rather than any technical shortcomings on Panasonic's part.

The presentation of the Viera Remote app on both of its versions, though, is more or less identical. And to be honest, it looks a bit bland and dated, and doesn’t prove particularly intuitive to learn your way round either. We thus strongly recommend that you take the time to read - closely - the instructions manual available via the aforementioned App Help button, as this will save you a ton of time and confusion.

While the Viera App hardly goes out of its way to win technophobes to its cause, though, after a little practice its charms do become apparent, and using it becomes if not quite second nature then at least reasonably straightforward.

Terry 10

April 22, 2012, 4:41 pm

It's a good start and hopefully as more new Pans appear the app will improve and give more functionality. It won't help with my current TV though - a 4-year old Pan TX37LZD85 - but hopefully next year (when my Pan is 5-years old) I'll but getting a new bigger plasma Panasonic. With the way technolgoy is developing, who knows what it will achieve!

soldierboy001

April 22, 2012, 7:19 pm

To be quite honest I'll just stick to my ordinary remote control.All these apps just drain the smartphones batteries ( not so much a problem with me as I got 2 batteries with my phone ) but the remote batteries with my TV go on for a couple of years. These apps are just for show off's not the average man in the street. Just imagine as your battery goes flat some one tries to phone you to tell you your mother has just been taken into hospital!!!!!!!!!!!

newboy

February 7, 2013, 9:44 pm

So why not produce a Viera Remote "app" to run on a PC laptop so I can play video files from the PCs hard disk or display TV on the Laptop's screen? It seems completely daft to have to reply on a cabled USB connection to do anything like this....

Manfred T. Mobil-Oil

April 2, 2013, 1:29 am

im confused. bought a txl32c4b a year ago
just got round to checking features (as i was rmainly interested in tv)
can connect to router ok , all connection tests pass
but cant do anything - no 'internet' button on remote
what can i do, if nothing then why does it have network connectionll

ash

April 11, 2013, 12:55 pm

when does the panasonic viera voice control come out? and what month? please

erf

April 28, 2013, 5:25 am

it's already out long time ago. not in every country yet. New model TV

Morgo444

August 7, 2013, 8:42 pm

very sad... daughter tried to surprise me by downloading the app onto Sammy Tab2 only to then find out some functions work and some don't. A quick scan of the list provided above confirmed it, my ST30 aint a dual processor so functionality useless. I do despair. A nice to have gimmic if nothing else

himanshu

November 11, 2013, 4:35 am

Any idea when the viera-2 will come o windows platform. W8 store has an 'unofficial' Panasonic viera remote, but it does not have the swipe and share feature. It is quite frustrating actually. I don't want to change my phone for this little thing.

sh

April 25, 2014, 5:10 pm

Not connecting to tv wifi is on done everything im suppised to do help ??

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