Have You Ever Wanted to Use Your Android Device as a Universal Remote? You’re In Luck

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Today, Griffin and Dijit announced Android support for their Beacon universal remote, allowing any Android device, tablet or smartphone, to serve as a universal remote for home theater equipment. The Beacon Universal Remote Control System is run through a free application found in the Android Market, the Beacon unit will run $69.99 – A hell of a lot cheaper than the Logitech Harmony remote.

Using both hardware and software, this universal remote utilizes a Bluetooth connection to transfer commands from your Android device to the Beacon, which sends the signal via IR. The Beacon is capable of transmitting IR signals to all of your home theater equipment: TV, DVD/Blu-ray player, amplifier, and set top box etc., making the need for multiple remotes unnecessary.

The Android App is freely available in the Android Market, but does require that your device is on Android 2.3.3 or higher. Some older devices may not be compatible, but most all Android tablets should fit the bill. Hit the Market link below to check out what Griffen and Dijit have cooked up. If it is something you digg, you may want to go find yourself the Griffin Beacon hardware unit. Looks pretty damn cool to me.

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Jump past the break for the full press release.

Nashville, Tenn. / San Francisco, Ca. – November 8, 2011 – Griffin Technology Inc., one of the world’s foremost creators of innovations for everyday life, and Dijit Media, a San Francisco-based software company whose Universal Remote and TV Show Guide App software integrates consumers’ media viewing experience with their smart devices, have announced a new Android-only version of the Beacon™ Universal Remote Control System. The wireless AV controller pairs with Android devices via Bluetooth and works with Dijit’s free Universal Remote App enabling complete control over the entire home entertainment system directly from the Android interface.

“With the proliferation of new Android-based phones being announced each week, Beacon for Android was a natural progression for us,” said Mark Rowan, President of Griffin Technology. “We look forward to bringing the most powerful and easiest-to-use remote control to the Android user base.”

Beacon works by converting Bluetooth signals from smartphones and tablets into infrared signals required to control consumer electronics devices. Beacon gives users complete control over TVs, DVRs, stereos and other home entertainment devices, but with the flexibility of a touchscreen interface. Best of all, it’s a remote that they’ll never lose in the couch again.

“Android now has a huge following, and we are really excited about bringing our remote control and tv show listings app to the Android Market,” said Maksim Ioffe, Founder and CEO of Dijit Media.  “Our mission is to create the greatest ‘second screen’ entertainment platform, and Android compatibility brings us one step closer to helping millions of people get a little bit more out of their TV experience.”

Beacon is powered by 4 AA batteries. Set-up is quick and easy: there are no bulky cases or dongles, no wires or cables. Just pair via Bluetooth and download the free Dijit app for Android, which now boasts compatibility with tablets and smartphones running Android OS 2.3.3 or greater.

Features of the Dijit app for Android include:

  • Tablet Interface: transforms your tablet into a powerful home entertainment console.
  • Consumer Electronics Support: Beacon is compatible with more than 200,000 devices
  • Search and Discover TV Shows: browse by time/date, search, discover new shows, and watch with just a tap using the Guide.
  • Rich TV Show Listings: access tv episode details, upcoming schedules, and Cast & Crew info

Beacon for Android, $69.99, is now shipping and available at www.BestBuy.com and onhttp://www.griffintechnology.com/beacon-android.  Dijit’s Universal Remote App, a free download, can be found on the Android Market. To learn more visit www.griffintechnology.com/beacon and watch the video of Beacon in action.

About Griffin Technology

Founded on Paul Griffin’s kitchen table in 1992, Griffin Technology Inc., is today one of the world’s foremost creators of accessories for home, mobile and personal technology. Unique products such as iTrip®, PowerMate®, iFM®, iMic® and Evolve® Wireless Speaker System have broken new ground in consumer electronics and created loyal fans the world over. Today, Griffin products are conceived, designed and developed in-house, and continue to push the envelope of the industry they helped create. Learn more about Griffin’s entire range of ingenious designs at www.griffintechnology.com. Follow Griffin Technology onwww.facebook.com/griffintech and on Twitter, @griffintech.

About Dijit Media

Dijit Media is creating the ultimate second screen experience for watching TV.  The company’s first product, the Dijit Universal Remote and TV Show Guide App is available for iOS and Android devices, and transforms smartphones and tablets into easy-to-use personalized remote controls and TV program listings.  The App also enables Social TV features, integrated program search, filtering, and discovery, as well as lookups from Netflix, Wikipedia and YouTube, and more coming soon. Dijit Media is a San Francisco-based venture-backed startup, and the App is now available for download at www.dijit.com.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/miavia187 Ted Rea Jr.

    Awesome!

  • http://Pieceofjunk.Justreturnedit Jack

    Does not work with my iphone well. Does not work with dish network receiver well. Have to teach it. And it is slow to respond to my key stroke. Have to type slowly to get it work. And it does not pair with my iphone automatically. Sometime, i have to take out the battery and put it back in to make it pair with my iphone

  • http://talkandroid.com Stacy Bruce

    @ Ted – Wow buddy, hopefully we have better luck with Android devices! Have you got one to test out? Or a buddies maybe? It would be nice to let the readers know what you experience… Thanks for the input :-)