confirmed delays in the release of the Android controller app, which will now arrive sometime in April. Originally the company had promised to release it this month. "We know you’re anxiously awaiting the Sonos Controller for Android. Unfortunately, testing the app is taking a bit longer than we anticipated" Andrew Schulert, Vice President of quality at Sonos says. "The latest addition to our free controller line-up won’t arrive until April, but when it does, it is going to rock." More info on the app here. [vms 2108eee6dd897f3bca8a]
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free Squeezebox Controller app for Android devices, allowing users to remotely control the company's multi-room streaming audio system. Operating over WiFi, the app allows music-lovers to remotely browse, select and control playlists and tracks in all of their zones. It also supports files, station, or playlist album art. You'll obviously need some Squeezebox kit to start with, but the controller app itself is a free download from the Android Market.
Android controller app for a while now, and we've just had a chance to go hands on with the software at the pre-MWC ShowStoppers event. Headed to the Android Market in March as a free download, the app does everything we're familiar with from the iOS version for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, but also gets some extra functionality by virtue of Google's more flexible attitude towards hardware. So, the volume buttons on the side of the handset - in this case a demo Nexus S - will work to control the master volume or the zone volume when you're in the Sonos app, and there's integration with Google's voice search functionality too. That allows you to search for a specific artist, track or album simply by saying the name out loud (of course, you can always use the on-screen keyboard instead). [vms 2108eee6dd897f3bca8a] Functionally, it all works just as well as the Apple version, and navigating between two different zones - in this case Sonos S5 players - was a matter of tapping and picking a track to play. There's nothing here that will spoil Sonos' reputation of solid, straightforward usability. The company has promised a review copy when it comes out of final beta, so we'll save our final opinion for then, but so far things look great. [gallery]
covered Cellbots on Android Community before, an open-source way to use your smartphone as a brain for a simple robot, but the project has released a new java app which supports not only custom, Arduino-based Cellbots but iRobot Create, LEGO MINDSTORMS and VEX Pro. Requiring Android 2.2 or above, the new app allows you to either remotely control the robot using the phone as a navigation pad, or alternatively mount the phone directly onto the robot and use it as the 'bot's brain. There's support for spoken commands, streaming video and even using a second Android phone running the app to work as a remote (while the first is in brain mode). It's a free download from the Android Market. [youtube _x_5WDCpvtA] [via MAKE]
iGloLEDset. A string of 120 color-changing LED lights, the 5m string comes complete with an Android app to remotely control it. There are also iOS apps if you're an Apple user too. The whole thing hooks up via WiFi, so you needn't be in the same room as the tree either. Sadly this sort of Christmas control doesn't come cheap; the iGloLEDset is priced at $299, though the company says they're still shipping in time for Christmas day. [youtube ve8I9Ap7cok] Press Release:
Google’s Android Gets iGlo by MEA Mobile WiFi Controllable LED Light Strip Now On Google Android & Android Gingerbread Mobile Platforms NEW HAVEN, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MEA Mobile today announced its breakthrough interactive lighting product iGloLEDset is now available on the Google Android and Google Android Gingerbread 2.3 mobile platforms. iGloLEDset is an super bright, full color lighting kit which is controllable with mobile devices. Users can wave their phones in the air and control a 16 to 50 foot strip of 120 to 360 lights. “The launch of iGlo for Android and working with Google's platform is an exciting next step for our emerging company,” says Bruce Seymour, managing director of MEA Mobile. “We love the idea of moving mobile technology into specialized markets.” MEA Mobile developed its iGloWiFi controller as a platform for leveraging mobile devices for hardware control. “Light switches are obsolete,” says Seymour. “There will be an entire industry dedicated to their removal in the future.” In the mean time MEA Mobile is focused on marketing the LED lights to the architectural and lighting design markets, restaurants, custom car specialists and for individuals who want to zazz up their Christmas trees with LED Christmas lights. The Google Android app features real-time control of the color LED lights as well has dozens of presets to choose from. The iGloWiFi controller can connect to users’ WiFi hubs and can be secured using standard WiFi encryption. The app also works with Google's new Gingerbread version of Android. Multiple kits (for large Christmas Lights applications) can be controlled using a single Google Android mobile device such as the Nexus S, Nexus One, T-Mobile G2, HTC Evo 4G, Motorola Droid X, Samsung Captivate and other phones running Google Android 1.5 through Gingerbread 2.3.