I'm working at the marketing department of a local Utah home security, home automation, and home theater installer. We've got some really exciting news for Android users who wish to automate their homes.
iOS Home Control
The home automation industry has been all abuzz last year due to the ability to control Crestron systems (the de-facto standard in automation) with any iOS device. Crestron users can control almost anything in their home from their existing iPhone, iPod, or iPad.
Truly, this saves thousands of dollars for home owners with Creston systems installed. You can get an iPad for $500 whereas the custom remote controls can cost up to thousands of dollars. Moreover, your iPad won't stay as just a remote control...you'll certainly use it for surfing, reading, and playing Angry Birds in no time.
But what about Android users like us? (We get Angry Birds too!) You would not want to switch phones just to accommodate the software choice of some company, right? Personally, I've been really disappointed that I had to even consider buying an iPod touch just to get the same functionality.
Several of our customers have asked whether or not they can use their Android devices with our hardware. Our response has always been dismal...until now.
At the last CEDIA expo in September of 2010, someone completely unassociated with Crestron showed off a new app they had ported over to his Droid. Crestron liked it and showcased his app as well. At that time, we knew it was definitely possible to use Android devices to control Crestron systems.
Now for the good news - Crestron recently confirmed their Android app was being prepped for release, and slated for release in Q2!
Thank goodness - that's not a whole lot of time to wait relative to the speed at which home automation moves. We're so excited that we have already started prepping all of our customers by letting them know.
This means you'll be able to control your security system, lights, home theater, doors, blinds, and heck - even your bathtub from your Android device in just a few months time. No kidding!
It was Destined to Happen
The predicted market shift has officially happened. Analysts had predicted that by Q4 of last year, the number of shipped Android devices out in the marketplace would outnumber iOS devices. Programmers will create apps for whichever operating system will net them the highest upside potential for sales and adoption. With more sales happening on Android, software developers will shift from iOS to Android. Apple is extremely proud of their 300,000 apps as compared to the Android Market, but I have a feeling that that's going to be a shift here in the near future.
This shift will definitely be helpful to my Droid X in a lot of ways - competition creates better apps and lower prices. I openly welcome competition for my phone's functionality anytime.
What Can Home Automation Control?
So, you've got an Android smartphone and you want to know what you can control in a few months time? I've got you covered:
- Door locks
- Security systems + surveillance
- Home theater system
- Multi-room audio
- Almost anything you can think of
Personally, I'm excited to be able to control Crestron systems with my Droid X in the coming months.
About the Author:
AJ Wilcox is the marketing manager for Big Fish Automation in Utah. He loves technology, running, exotic cars, and hanging out with his wife and 2 kids.
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