The Logitech Harmony for Android application for Google TV is now available free from the Android Market. Users will be able to control their hardware and apps with their voice.
The Logitech Harmony for Android remote control application is now available
free from the Android Market, providing Google TV users with another way of
controlling their TV content.
Logitech last week began selling its Revue companion box and keyboard controller
for Google TV, the
search engine's new Android-based Web service that overlays its Chrome Web
browser atop users' TV content.
Google TV lets users flit
from Web content to TV content using Logitech Revue,
Sony Internet TVs and Blu-ray players
Revue comes with a keyboard controller
that communicates with the
companion box via Logitech Harmony, the universal remote control technology the
company employs in several other remote access devices.
Acknowledging that some users will want a more mobile way of controlling
their TV content from a device they're already comfortable with, the company
crafted Harmony applications for Apple's iPhone and Android-based smartphones.
These apps let users turn their TVs, set-top boxes and A/V receivers off and
on, change channels, and navigate applications and other Google TV content.
While the iPhone app is not ready yet, the Android app certainly is. Users can
control Revue from the Harmony for Android app by tapping buttons on their
smartphone or by speaking into it using the phone's voice search capabilities.
At the Logitech Revue unveiling in New York
Oct. 7, Kevin Simon, director of product marketing in the digital home group at
Logitech, spoke into his Android phone to call up TV shows on the TV set.
One other neat perk is that the Harmony for Android app lets users
"fling" video they are watching on their mobile phone to their TV set
for watching on the big screen.
Users can download the app, which like the Revue works via WiFi, by scanning
the QR code Engadget provides here
with their smartphone.