automation

LG G2 screen brightness can be wonky, give Lux Auto Brightness a try

The brand new LG G2 smartphone sure is impressive. We loved nearly everything about the 5.2-inch quad-core flagship smartphone in our full G2 Review. However, one area that always seemed to bother us was the screen brightness, and thanks to several comments and XDA threads, we know we're not alone. Thankfully there's many custom apps in the Play Store to fix this, so we figured we'd mention one.

Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth-enabled deadbolt pre-orders begin today

It is looking like Android users may soon have another option when it comes to ditching the front-door key. Kwikset has announced that pre-orders are beginning today (July 30th) for the Kevo deadbolt. This is a Bluetooth-enabled deadbolt and it brings the promise of being "intelligent enough to communicate with a smartphone and unlock with a simple touch."

Belkin WeMo Light Switch arrives with proper Android device support

Belkin has the WeMo line of home automation products and back in January they added to that lineup with the introduction of a smartphone-controlled light switch. That particular item was simply called the WeMo Light Switch, however a bit more important for Android users was the announcement of support. Belkin ended up releasing an Android app in February, though it was for a limited few handsets and considered beta.

Samsung and HTC tease ZigBee home automation support

Home automation seems to be a growing topic these days. There are some available third-party options that are able to be controlled using your smartphone or tablet, however it looks like Samsung and HTC may be working on something with ZigBee. The ZigBee Alliance has a standard set of protocols and they include being able to control items such as switches, lights and heating controls.

AT&T Digital Life home automation system launches in select markets

AT&T has officially launched their Digital Life home management and automation system today. This initial launch will bring support for select markets and with features that touch on everything from security to remote access. The Digital Life setup will allow users to do things such as remotely unlock a door, turn on a light and adjust the thermostat from their Android running smartphone or tablet.

Belkin WeMo Beta app released for the Galaxy S III

Belkin announced they had an Android app in the works back in January during CES. At the time they had said the app would arrive in February and that it would be available for select devices. Well, the app has officially landed in the Google Play Store. The app is dubbed the "WeMo Beta for Galaxy SIII" and as the name would imply, it has been released in beta form and with support for just one device.

Silence for Android goes 2.0 and we go hands-on

Silence for Android has recently been updated. For those unfamiliar, Silence is an app that will allow you to automate certain processes. I have been using Silence for a while now and was happy to see that the app has been updated. But more important, that this update arrived as more than a small bug fixer and instead brought some new features -- including one that will make it a bit easier and a bit quicker to set a schedule based on your calendar.

Tasker beta reveals cleaner looking UI

While Tasker has been a pretty great app in terms of function, the same was not able to be said about the look and feel. Simply put, Tasker is powerful, but not all that pretty to look at. That being said, while the Google Play Store version will still maintain the same look and feel, there is a new version in the works. And for those who are curious, the updated version of Tasker can be downloaded in beta form.
1 2 3