The age of the dedicated TV remote control could be coming to an end, as Samsung is offering up an Android app to use with your Samsung Galaxy S smartphone and Galaxy Tab in lieu of the traditional TV controller.

Well, we doubt that the TV remote is coming to an end just yet, but this is part of a growing trend that will see smartphones playing a greater role in the control of electronic devices in, as well as outside, the home.

The app will enable you to use your Samsung Tab or Galaxy phone by way of an on-screen QWERTY keyboard to input necessary information for TV functions, control settings and Samsung apps on the TV.

It'll also get a 4-way directional pad to make it easier to navigate apps, whilst the application is compatible with a broad variety of 2010 TVs, including the LED C6500 series and higher, the LCD C650 series and higher, and the Plasma C6500 series and higher.  It will also support select 2011 smart TVs.

However, there a fears, from certain parts of the tech industry, of a huge rise in Samsung devices being lost down the back of sofas. So Pocket-lint is advising anyone downloading the app to remain vigilante and alert whilst using the new system.

The Samsung TV remote app for Galaxy S smartphones and Galaxy Tabs is available through the Android Marketplace now.