Smart IR Remote – an advanced universal remote control app
Dec 2, 2013 6:00 PM –
Smart IR Remote is an advanced universal remote control app for phones and tablets with IR blasters such as Samsung and HTC devices.
Price: $4.99 (Sale, Normally $9.99)
Tested on: Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Pros & Cons:
- Use your phone or tablet as a universal remote control!
- Support for many devices!
- Has macros to program multiple devices at once with one button!
- Some macros are not easy to set up- slight learning curve.
- Although tons of devices supported, there were many not supported in my case.
- Overall navigation and user experience could be more streamlined.
An advanced universal remote control app
Many of Samsung’s newer phones & tablets plus HTC’s flagship One phone come with infrared blasters (the same technology as in your TV remote). With the use of apps, it allows you to use your phone or tablet as a universal television remote- though Smart IR Remote enters the arena as an one-stop-app for remote controlling many of your household electronics that receives an IR signal. 😯 It aims to support air conditioning and heating systems, A/V systems, DSLR cameras, game consoles, projectors, set top boxes (i.e. DVD, Blu-ray players, etc.), TVs and many more device types.
Here’s a list of supported devices per the developer:
- Galaxy S4 (all)
- HTC One
- Galaxy Note (all with IR)
- Galaxy Tab (all with IR)
- Galaxy S4 Mini
- Galaxy Mega
When yo initialize the app you are prompted to set up your first remote. This is fairly simple, as you’re prompted to turn off the desired device, select the devices’ manufacturer and type from a large list of vendors and proceed to turn the device on. If the first try doesn’t get it, the app will provide you with more codes to continue to send to the device until it turns it on. Once turned on, you proceed to name the remote and customize with Macros… more on that in a few. If, however, your device never turns on, this means it was not supported- though you can send information to the developer to hopefully add future support. In my personal case I could not get about half of my devices to work. Some of this cause was myself for buying cheaper, unheard of brands. Though I did not have any luck on my set top boxes; (now defunct) Sony Google TV Blu-ray player nor Magnovox DVD recorder. Once a remote is set up you can tweak it regarding the layout, button setup, button icons and potentially duplicate button functionality from other remotes (if compatible). You are then encouraged to configure all of your devices thereafter.
Macros, Tasks & Commands for Smarter Automation
Smart IR Remote delves at bit deeper with features that allow you to automate your device(s) based on certain conditions. For example you can create a tasks to automatically mute your TV and A/V system if a phone call comes through the phone. These can also be tied to Air Gestures (only on Samsung devices)- meaning you can create a command to change the channel up one station when you wave your hand over your phone. Additionally, you can enable a “floating” style remote to drag around and control, plus backup and restore remotes.
I personally wish the user interface used the common side slide out menu to easily navigate to remote settings. Currently you toggle arrows through a list of remotes in the top left and tap the settings button in the top right followed by settings in the top left. This route too is how to get to the edit remote buttons screen. Not entirely difficult, however, I feel it could be a bit more streamlined.
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Smart IR Remote
Smart IR Remote – Choose Devices
Smart IR Remote – Settings
Smart IR Remote – Edit Button Icons
Smart IR Remote – Tasks
Smart IR Remote – Task Options