App that turns your phone into a universal remote
Smart Remote is an Android app that functions both as a visual TV guide and virtual remote.
Honestly, this app doesn't do anything that hasn't been done already. However, it's the first to pack in so many features that are so integrated and readily available. As a universal remote, it lets the user control almost any modern TV. It actually is more universal than many physical versions of this product. The visual TV guide allows the user to instantly parse through the available shows and even select a TV channel by clicking on the guide.
The universal remote option has a huge array of options. Essentially, if there's a menu option on the TV, you can now do it through your phone. The TV guide functionality is also always up to date. The user can select what TV provider they use so they can tune directly to a channel from one tap on a TV guide option. Smart Remote also lets the user record shows (use it as a DVR). This feature will only work if your hardware is equipped to handle it.
The interface is particularly astounding on this app. It's professionally done and is very responsive. The app itself functions well, and the options are very clear. There's a lot of feedback, so in the event that there's an error, you'll be able to trace it back to either the app or your TV. Overall, it's a great product for any "Smart TV" owner.
- Very fast and responsive app
- Innovative product bundling, never done before
- Works with most new TVs
- Individual functions available in other apps
- Requires a large amount of pre-use configuration
numerous bugfixes and enhancements
Potentially dangerous permissions
- ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION: Allows an app to access approximate location. Alternatively, you might want ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION.
- ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION: Allows an app to access precise location. Alternatively, you might want ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION.
- GET_ACCOUNTS: Allows access to the list of accounts in the Accounts Service.
- READ_CALENDAR: Allows an application to read the user's calendar data.
- READ_CONTACTS: Allows an application to read the user's contacts data.
- READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Allows an application to read from external storage.
- READ_PHONE_STATE: Allows read only access to phone state, including the phone number of the device, current cellular network information, the status of any ongoing calls, and a list of any PhoneAccounts registered on the device.
- RECORD_AUDIO: Allows an application to record audio.
- WRITE_CALENDAR: Allows an application to write the user's calendar data.
- WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Allows an application to write to external storage.
- ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE: Allows applications to access information about networks.
- ACCESS_WIFI_STATE: Allows applications to access information about Wi-Fi networks.
- BLUETOOTH: Allows applications to connect to paired bluetooth devices.
- BLUETOOTH_ADMIN: Allows applications to discover and pair bluetooth devices.
- CHANGE_WIFI_MULTICAST_STATE: Allows applications to enter Wi-Fi Multicast mode.
- CHANGE_WIFI_STATE: Allows applications to change Wi-Fi connectivity state.
- EXPAND_STATUS_BAR: Allows an application to expand or collapse the status bar.
- GET_TASKS: This constant was deprecated in API level 21. No longer enforced.
- INTERNET: Allows applications to open network sockets.
- MODIFY_AUDIO_SETTINGS: Allows an application to modify global audio settings.
- RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED: Allows an application to receive the ACTION_BOOT_COMPLETED that is broadcast after the system finishes booting. If you don't request this permission, you will not receive the broadcast at that time. Though holding this permission does not have any security implications, it can have a negative impact on the user experience by increasing the amount of time it takes the system to start and allowing applications to have themselves running without the user being aware of them. As such, you must explicitly declare your use of this facility to make that visible to the user.
- SET_ALARM: Allows an application to broadcast an Intent to set an alarm for the user.
- SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW: Allows an app to create windows using the type TYPE_SYSTEM_ALERT, shown on top of all other apps. Very few apps should use this permission; these windows are intended for system-level interaction with the user.
- TRANSMIT_IR: Allows using the device's IR transmitter, if available.
- WAKE_LOCK: Allows using PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming.