If you have anything from Belkin's WeMo line, there's a chance you may be less-than-pleased with the app – it is pretty basic, after all. Today's update, however, brings some much-needed usefulness to the table, like better integration with IFTTT, and a home security enhancement. 

What's New

  • Greater flexibility when scheduling events related to sunrise and sunset.
  • New Rule: Away Mode makes it look you’re home even when you’re not.
  • New IFTTT trigger: long-press the Light Switch to trigger customizable IFTTT recipes without turning on the light.
  • Bug fixes and general improvements.

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For starters, the new "away mode" will turn lights on and off at random intervals, making it appear as though someone is home even when the house is empty. This should at least aid in keeping any potential wrong-doers away – assuming they don't know about your little WeMo trick in the first place. If that's the case, you may want to reassess your associations. Beyond that, the sunrise/sunset toggle is now more customizable, as it allows for things like the lights to be turned on before dusk, since the house is likely dark before the sun sets in the first place.

Finally, integration with IFTTT has been improved and expanded, with an option for long-press gestures that will allow WeMo users to program additional settings for presses longer than two seconds on the Light Switch. Neato.

The update is already live in the Store, so if you're a WeMo user go ahead and grab it.

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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.

  • David Li

    This app needs a widget. I'm tired of waiting for the app to open every time I use it.

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  • http://dennisbareis.com/ Dennis Bareis

    There are many flaws in the app (hanging, crashing, slow, ...) but I'm glad its got the "away mode" (finally). In any case the correct version number is 1.1.3

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