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Griffin Beacon universal remote now available for Android

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November

beacon_android2.jpegGriffin Technology and Dijit Media today announced an Android-compatible version of the Beacon, a wireless AV controller that brings universal remote capabilities to smartphones and tablets. The device previously was released as an iOS-only product.

The Beacon receives Bluetooth signals from smartphones and tablets and using the Dijit app, converts them into infrared signals required to control consumer electronics devices on the fly. It's compatible with TVs, DVRs, stereos, BluRay players plus other home entertainment devices and offers the flexibility of a using a touchscreen interface.

Powered by 4 AA batteries, the Beacon has no wires or cables. Just pair it with your Android device via Bluetooth then download the free Dijit app for Android, which is compatible 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

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

 

Beacon for Android is available now for $69.99 at BestBuy and on the Griffin Technology site. Dijit’s Universal Remote App, a free download, can be found on the Android Market. To learn more visit the Griffin Technology Beacon page. The iOS version of the Beacon is available for the same price.

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I have one of the iOS Beacons for evaluation and my initial tests were really good. I did have a little trouble getting the phone to communicate with the Beacon at first, so if you get one make sure you follow the setup instructions carefully and keep your Android device close to Beacon while it's "learning." Once I figured out what I was doing wrong, setup worked well and the overall experience was great. I plan to do a full review soon.

[Last modified: Thursday, November 10, 2011 8:32am]

    

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