Logitech Replaces Harmony Remotes with Free Apps for Google TV

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Logitech's Harmony remotes are among the most acclaimed, most popular programmable remotes in the industry. But in a forward-looking move, Logitech is turning Harmony into a free iPhone/iPod/Android app to work with their Google TV companion box.

From Logitech's post on the matter:

As I mentioned before, the companion box will also let you use a free app for your Android phone or iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad device that can talk to Harmony Link – basically giving your personal devices the kind of control that only a remote like the Logitech Harmony 900 could give you before. Yes, a free app plus your new companion box will give you the same control over your home entertainment system as our most powerful Logitech Harmony remote.


Note: So there's a big catch, and it's that you need to buy Logitech's box, loaded with Harmony Link software, to use this free remote.

But when we break down the idea—an app connecting through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to a piece of hardware with IR blasters to control all of your devices—there's little reason the Harmony app couldn't work through all GoogleTV devices, depending how Logitech chooses to ultimately market and design the software.

In such a case, Logitech's profit model becomes a bit more confusing. But you know, technically, it seems possible. [Logitech]

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What's the lag going to be like though? I use an app to control my TiVo sometimes, and it's about a one second delay most of the time. Hardly usable for channel surfing.