Published on January 1st, 2015 | by Dan Barbera0
Turn Your Smartphone Into A Universal Remote With Unified Remote
Have you ever wanted to control your computer with your iPhone or Android device? Well, now you can with Unified Remote. This app allows you to turn your smartphone into a “universal remote.” There are over 70+ different remotes that you can add with each remote controlling a specific set of functions or application. The app can allow you to control your web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. It also allows you to control specific apps like iTunes, Windows Media Player, Keynote, Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, and many others.
First, you’ll need to download the server on your computer. In my case, I had to download the OS X version. It took 15 seconds to download and install. That is not an exaggeration. It’s quick and painless. Then, you will need to open the app on your phone. In my case, I am testing it on my Moto X but the app IS available for iOS. The app is a free download, but there is a full version that is $3.99. I suggest downloading and messing around with the free remotes first. Although there are not as many features in the free version, it will give you an idea of how cool controlling basic functions on your computer from your phone can be.
The app itself features Material Design very heavily throughout. It’s beautiful and easy to navigate. It’s great to see developers change their apps to make the design and functionality cohesive with the rest of the OS.
Some basic features in the free version include controlling your computer’s keyboard, mouse, power, files, and media. To do this, swipe left to access the menu of added remotes and click on the desired remote. The image below shows the features for the Spotify remote. There are two Spotify remotes. One is a very simple remote and only controls basic volume and tracking options. The advanced remote for Spotify allows you to control volume, see cover art, change playlist, search songs, etc. Anytime you need to switch over to your computer’s keyboard or mouse controls, the app includes quick toggles at the bottom of every remote.
The Android version of Unified Remote packs some extra features including the ability to add widgets, quick actions in your notification shade, and you can also program NFC tags for specific remote functions.
Another Android specific feature is the ability to use your Android Wear powered smart watch. This feature enables you to use the Google voice feature, a play/pause button, and even use your mouse on your watch. This part is still a work in progress, but the amount of incredible features, which Unified Remote has to offer, is no joke.
Once you mess around with the free version, it will only leave you wanting more. Don’t worry, the upgrade to the full version is well worth the $3.99 price tag. Check out the full list of features here. Give the app a try and please leave your thoughts below!
Source: Unified Remote