If Belkin had you excited about its upcoming WeMo Android app at CES this year, good news: the first beta version of the app just landed in the Play Store. According to the app's description, it has only been tested on the Samsung Galaxy S III, but should work on all 4.0+ devices. With that said, some (or even most) of the features may not work properly, as the app is a very early beta.

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So, what can you do with the WeMo app? At the current time, you can control WeMo devices over Wi-Fi or cellular network, set custom icons and names, update the local firmware, and take advantage of IFTTT integration. This version doesn't offer WeMO rules, in-app support content, or remote firmware updates, however.

Belkin also included a few know issues that the app is experiencing in this initial iteration:

• Resuming the App from background after changing networks causes App to Crash
• Poor signal strength of Android device can cause the app to crash
• Local Discovery doesn’t always show all WeMo devices
• Fast switching of Tabs can cause App to crash

Since the app is beta, Belkin will of course be working to fix the aforementioned issues – as well as add new features – but it has cautioned users that these fixes may not come in the short term. At least the company is being completely transparent about the issues, so that's good.

The initial release is free in the Play Store, so if you're cool with all the caveats, hit the widget to give it a shot.

Cameron Summerson
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  • aarish

    Airdroid 2 is better than that.

  • Brandon Fletcher

    Does anyone know of similar technology to WeMo? It seems like this is nothing new, just more like Belkin decided to put a pretty name on an existing technology and market it. Is WeMo like Z-Wave but over WiFi? (Pardon the ignorance, I have zero idea where to start researching this).

    • SAI

      Idk but I'd start researching X10. I know they've been around a while and that's about as much as I know lol.

  • MacVities

    Doesn't bode well, as most of Belkin's release products are of beta quality at best.

  • http://twitter.com/snalty bad wolf

    I like the total disregard for any of Android design guidelines.