Smart IR Remote has been missing from the Play Store for over a month, but now it's back, and it comes with greatly needed changes. For starters, you no longer have to purchase a separate version of the app to use it on both the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One, a deal that's bigger than you would expect considering that we're talking about two $10 purchases. And since the app is currently available for 50% off, you can get support for both smartphones for just $4.99. Not only that, it should now work with any Samsung tablet with an IR blaster, and it has a new tablet UI to boot.

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These aren't the only changes. Users can now add widgets to the lock screen and use icons in widget buttons. The majority of the remaining changes consist of other small improvements and bug fixes.

What's new in version 1.4.0:

  • Big screen landscape (tablets) support!
  • Ability to use icons in widget buttons
  • Ability to add widget to lockscreen
  • Better tasks and macros
  • Bugfixes and improvements

Unfortunately, people who previously bought the HTC One version of the app seem to get a raw deal. Though it has received most of the updates of its Samsung peer, the change log makes no mention of it having gained support for additional devices. Considering both cost the same price, anyone interested in checking this app out in the future should obviously go for the one that's now marked for both Samsung and HTC. The other seems completely redundant.