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The Logitech Harmony Android app has received an update to version 3.3 that enables users to take control of their Sonos wireless HiFi sound systems from the comfort of their Android devices without having to switch back and forth between apps. The software should work from anywhere in the home and gives users control over volume, tracks, and playlists. It will also work with Amazon's spiffy Fire TV.

This provided screenshot comes from an iPhone, but the Android UI shouldn't look too different.

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Other new features benefit Logitech Harmony users regardless of the hardware they're packing. There's a soft keyboard that works with Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and computers. This keyboard is joined by new speech recognition support, so users can search for content using their voice instead of pecking away at keys.

What's new:

  • Support for Sonos music players and Amazon FireTV
  • Soft-keyboard for Roku, Apple TV, FireTV, PC and Mac for all hub-based remotes
  • Speech recognition - use speech to enter text from soft-keyboard screen
* Firmware update to Harmony Hub required

These features are already included within the provided Sonos and Amazon Fire TV software without the need for purchasing separate hardware from Logitech, but this is still a nice addition for people who already have or are interested in making the investment.

Logitech Harmony Introduces New Features Including Sonos Integration and Speech-to-Text Search

NEWARK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today Logitech (SIX:LOGN) (NASDAQ:LOGI) announced that you can now use your Logitech Harmony® Ultimate or Logitech Harmony® Smart Control to control additional devices including your SONOS® wireless HiFi System speakers, no matter where they are in the home. In addition to controlling playback and volume directly from your remote, you can access your Sonos Favorites playlists from the color touch-screen of the Harmony Ultimate or through your tablet or smartphone using the free Harmony App.

“With these added integrations we’re creating an even more robust Harmony ecosystem that makes it easier for you to create the optimum home-entertainment experience, including listening to your favorite playlists on Sonos wireless speakers, and setting your Philips Hue lights to the perfect brightness and color for watching a movie,” said Chad Thompson, senior director of marketing and product management for Logitech’s digital home business group. “Harmony’s heritage lies in control of your home-theater devices, and with this update you can easily create the ideal entertainment experience, for the living room and beyond.”

With the speech-to-text capabilities available today through the free Harmony App, searching for content on your streaming device, including the newly compatible Amazon Fire TV, is even faster. Through the Harmony App, you can now bring up the search field in the streaming media app, and use the mobile device’s keyboard to enter text or dictate the desired search terms. The voice recognition is enabled by Siri® voice recognition software or Android™ Speech Recognition, depending on your operating system.

This software update also enhances the Harmony remote setup process for any products that come with the Harmony Hub. During setup, Harmony now automatically detects your Philips Hue lights, Roku, Sonos speakers and other devices on your network, making configuration easier.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • NothingUnknown

    Harmony should really make a service for PCs and Macs so you can submit button presses directly to them instead of through ir. The lag between press and action can be annoying.

  • verboze

    wish they'd update that UI to look a bit less iOSeque...

    • http://www.maverickcreative.ca/ Joshua Richards

      Couldn't agree with this more. I never understood why these massive companies, don't hire a small team to just keep their apps on point. Harmony is great, and the tools are so close to being there, but the ux and ui are just completely lacking.

      • Mike Reid

        Ummm,.. because profit ?

        Not defending, just explaining.

        And most people saying "Do the X thing that I want and more profit will come" don't understand business or business thinking, especially when X is "lower the price".

  • doom

    I have a Harmoney (sic) and I like it but lately Logitech are so hard in bed with Apple it's not even funny any more. If there was a good alternative I'd jump ship in a second.

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