The Ultimate hub, which originally came with Harmony Ultimate and Harmony Smart Control, is sold separately by the Swiss device manufacturer. If you plan to throw away all the remotes and replace them with your smartphone, it’s time!
There are many applications that connect smarphones to smart TVs, but Logitech’s ultimate hub means surpassing them all. Using classic remotes has become a problem lately, and even Logitech’s Harmony line doesn’t offer the ultimate experience. In contrast, using a smartphone instead of a remote control immediately provides more features that are more accessible.
The ultimate hub uses WiFi b / g / N to connect to your local network. In this way, it will send all the commands you send from the smartphone to the TV, Blu-Ray player or AV kit via IR. In terms of connectivity, in addition to WiFi, the hub also has Bluetooth, which means that modern consoles such as the PS3 can also be controlled from your smartphone. In addition, the IR boomers can be connected to the back of the hub, allowing commands to be sent to devices in closed cabinets.
Logitech was smart enough to make the Ultimate Hub compatible with both iOS (5.0 or after – iPhone 4S, iPad 3 or iPad mini, iPod Touch Gen 5 or after) and Android (2.3.3 or after). The iOS app will be available in the iTunes App Store once the hub officially launches. Android users can download their own for free from the Google Play Store. Without the proprietary app, Windows Phone and Blackberry devices could also have been used with the hub. Hopefully, the Swiss manufacturer will develop such applications in the near future.
Are you concerned about compatibility? Well, you shouldn’t be! Logitech says its ultimate hub is compatible with 225,000 home theater devices. The remote control powered by the app allows users to control up to 8 devices.
For typical houses, this should not be a Problem. In addition to the typical functions, the hub also allows you to record up to 50 TV channels and set them as bookmarks for easy access.
The device will be available in the US and Europe from August. That may seem expensive, but Logitech Harmony remotes aren’t lowest, and they certainly don’t pack as many features.