First of all, you must configure Kodi to work properly with Android devices as a remote control. You can see this guide to configure Android as a Kodi remote control in which the whole process is explained.
Once configured, you can now run both Yatse and Kore app without any problem, which are the two applications that we will see.
1. Kore, Official Remote for Kodi
Kore is a relatively new application for Kodi. It was launched in January 2015 as an independent application, but later, it became the official remote control application for Kodi .
There are several factors that made Kore the official application. The first factor is the excellent interface that it includes, very clean. The second factor is the great support of the official Kodi developers .
Kore has all the basic functionalities you can expect from a remote control application. It allows you to control the Kodi player through a simple interface, see the current playlist (music, movies, TV shows, files ... etc), install and configure Addons and launch downloads directly from the application. It also has several themes to customize the interface.
2. Yatse, the Kodi Remote
Yatse is one of the most popular Kodi remote apps for Android. It has many options, has a pretty decent interface and has support for Android wear watches.
When you open the application, you will see all the options included in the Kore application, but in addition, it also has dedicated buttons for volume control and an option to choose between the standard remote control interface or the touchpad. Both options work well and everything depends on your preferences. It also has support for voice commands and has a virtual keyboard.
The application is free, but if you want to access some exclusive features such as streaming to your Android device, downloading files for offline use, backup in the cloud, more themes and some other premium options, you would have to pay for it .
More remote control applications
These two Android applications are considered as the best Android remote control applications for Kodi , although obviously, there are many more.