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wemo

Back in mid-February, Belkin released and early beta build of its WeMo for Android app. It was very light on features at the time (and only available for the Galaxy S III), but has been receiving updates ever since to get it up to snuff with the experience Belkin was looking for.

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For those who may not be familiar with WeMo, here's the in-a-nutshell explanation: it's a family of devices – WeMo Switch, WeMo Light Switch, and WeMo Motion – that connect to your Wi-Fi network and allow to you control household electronics directly from your smartphone. For example, you could have WeMo Switch plugged into the coffee pot and fire it up directly from bed when you wake up. Or install a WeMo Light Switch in the living room and give it a flip on the way home at night so you don't walk into a dark house. But those are just a couple things possible with the WeMo family of devices.

Of course, to make all this work, a solid companion app is clutch. Today, Belkin released the full version of the app into the world, dropping the beta tag and certifying it for use on Android 4.0+ devices. I've actually been beta testing the app and Switch for the last several months, and it works flawlessly at this point. Once connected to your Wi-Fi network and synced up with your device, you'll not only be able to toggle the unit's state directly from your phone, but also set up rules to do so automatically, depending on the time of day. For further customization, WeMo can also be set up with IFTTT rules.

The WeMo app is a free download, but the various units will set you back between $50-$100.

Belkin Announces WeMo Compatibility with Android Devices

WeMo Home Automation Continues to Grow and Fulfill Consumer Requests with Latest Platform Updates

Playa Vista, Calif. – July 22, 2013Belkin, creator of people-inspired technology products, today announced  or higher devices bringing the simple, ingenious WeMosmart home platform to a greater number of mobile users.

“Android users have been waiting for WeMo compatibility, and our ability to deliver on their request is an important next step in demonstrating our continued commitment to creating a simple, customizable home monitoring and control system that can be accessed wherever and whenever,” said Ohad Zeira, director of product management at Belkin. “With more than a billion Android devices expected by 2014 according to Gartner, expanding WeMo capabilities to Android devices is a necessary step for the continued success and evolution of the WeMo brand.”

Compatible with most current and future WeMo devices, including the WeMo Light Switch, WeMoSwitch and WeMo Switch + Motion products, the fully functional app enables users to control electronics on and off from anywhere via Wi-Fi® and 3G/4G networks. The app also integrates with IFTTT, an online service that creates triggers using different Internet-based services such as email, weather and social media. For example, you can use IFTTT to create a rule that will send a text to your phone whenever a WeMo Switch + Motion senses motion or trigger a WeMo Light Switch to turn on your lights when the sun sets.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Mystery Man

    Coffee pots already have timers...

    • bozs13

      What happens if you feel like sleeping in that day? Or if you're sick and don't want to get out of bed?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

        See? This guy gets it.

    • CoreRooted

      And lights already have switches... Being able to have them intelligently operate without me thinking about (or actually doing) it... priceless.

  • Ror

    So someone finally got around to making Android@Home?

    • psychoace

      Not really. Android@home was at least compatible with any light fixture. This one only works with lights you can plug into a socket. You can't use this with light fixtures that are wired into the house which makes this kinda pointless.

  • ins0mn1a

    cool, i was looking for this to control AC, but i couldn't find android version at the time. such a simple idea, i am surprised we had to wait this long for an implementation.

    aaaand, temporarily out of stock on amazon.

    • ynksbsbll2

      I've been using a 3M Filtrete Radio Thermostat for a while. It's got an app and web access to control your thermostat no matter where you are. Definitely one of the best purchases I've made.

      • ins0mn1a

        yeap, those are interesting but not what i need.

        • Brandon Fletcher

          Honeywell makes a wifi thermostat with Android control. I own the 3M, my buddy owns the Honeywell. Both work about equally.

  • Wayne Randall

    +$400 for light switches
    +$150 for switches

    This guy doesn't get it. Maybe at a $25 price point I would change out old hardware, but $50 for a light switch? Na, I'll pack a lunch and trek all the way across the room first. Or if i'm super lazy, I'll leave the light on indefinitely. It'll take many hours for a CFL to burn up $50.

    • CoreRooted

      Where are you getting your pricing from??? I found the Switch + Motion bundle for $79.00. That covers two devices right there. Don't know where you are getting $550 from but it's incorrect.

      • Wayne Randall

        Eight light switches and three switches, $50 each. That would be my use case. Thought I pointed out the price in the previous post.

        • CoreRooted

          OHHH! Yeah. That makes sense then. Sorry about that.

          But, people paid a lot more than that for X-10 setups back in the day. Hell, I still see X-10 equipment going for $30~$50/piece today even though the technology is decades old.

  • Automater

    Bought the plug in switch.
    Waiting for it to work on my android 2.3.3

    • candy

      hello where can i download the wemo app android version?