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Logitech is bringing its Harmony remote tech to Android in the form of the Logitech Harmony Link. For those that don't know, Harmony is all about controlling your home theater setup with as little effort as possible - imagine a universal remote mashed up with a computer and you're getting there. A hundred bucks gets you a Wi-Fi equipped IR blaster box and an app. The box receives commands from your phone over the Wi-Fi connection, and can relay that to up to 8 IR devices in your home theater setup. The Wi-Fi connection means you don't need line of sight to control the TV anymore, so if you want to turn off the TV from the bathroom, you can do that.

The phone app gives you all the normal remote control buttons, but the really cool part is the tablet app, which has really slick looking TV listings:

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Our more detail oriented readers will notice that that's an iPad app. Well, that is indeed the bad news - for right now, the tablet app and TV listings are iPad only, though Logitech says they're working on that. In the meantime, the remote-only  phone app works just fine. It launches in October, but if that $100 is burning a hole in your pocket, you can preorder right here.

Source: Blog.Logitech (Thanks Shane!)

Ron Amadeo
Ron loves everything related to technology, design, and Google. He always wants to talk about "the big picture" and what's next for Android, and he's not afraid to get knee-deep in an APK for some details. Expect a good eye for detail, lots of research, and some lamenting about how something isn't designed well enough.
  • tdavis42

    I still really want a Revue but every time I go to Frys they are sold out. I guess I will just wait for another contest. One of these would be cool as well to win.

  • kabuki-joe

    the limitation to 8 devices kinda sucks, i really want it but have 10 devices

    • Ron Amadeo

      Really?!
      TV
      Receiver
      Cable Box
      Blu-ray
      PS3
      Xbox
      ...Wii
      ....I'm out of ideas
      Ask in the comments over on Logitech's blog, they seem pretty responsive. http://blog.logitech.com/2011/09/20/harmonylink/

      • Jared

        Harmony can control everything so...

        Air conditioning
        Lighting
        Stereo
        PC

        Etc.
        Etc

        That being said 10 is way more than I will ever have.

  • Mike

    I have used the Harmony360 for years. Seeing people use more than one remote to control their equipment now makes me break into hives. If the Android app can control as many different types of devices as their Harmony remote I may have $100 to give them!

  • nerdshowandtell

    I use harmony remotes on all our tv's.. best investment ever and no one asks me how to turn on something anymore, this will make me very happy with my galaxy tab 10.1

  • Rhayader

    This is a great idea, way to go Logitech. Even the value-end Harmony remotes are fantastic, I have a 650 and love it. 100 bucks sounds like a lot for a remote, but if you have a bunch of devices in your entertainment setup it's definitely an awesome idea. 8 devices and no line of sight needed? Hell yeah.

  • http://techbook.in Manoj Sharma

    Very good article, i was really looking for this article, many many thanks.

  • ChumbleSpuzz

    I like the idea of integrating TV listings and remote control into a tablet, but I cannot see using this all the time. For a daily use TV remote, I need real tactile buttons. I'd hate to always have to turn the tablet/phone screen on and look, not feel, for the correct button just to change the station or adjust volume. Plus, my battery life is just too precious.

  • kevin

    i just want my damn revue updated so i can actually use it like it was supposed to be used... oh yeah... my phone already is a remote for my entertainment system (tv, bluray, reciever, dvr... ect..) with the revue and google tv remote app

  • Anony
  • todd

    Dont work with the galaxy tab 10.1

  • piknik67

    When will the Link be released in the UK? Have seen it advertised on the http://www.expansys.com website for 31 October, but now 7th Nov and still not available? TIA

  • ripdoug

    Is the logitech Harmony link compatible with Android 2.2 tablets

  • dar dar

    EBay *cough cough

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