Years ago when I had my Treo 650 one of the best things I used to use it for was as a Universal remote for my TV/VCR/DVD, since upgrading to Android phones the lack of IR port has been something I’ve missed and the recently announced LV Optimus VU 2 with IR port awakened my need to add an IR port to my phone to regain this functionality, that’s where Viatek comes in.
Viatek has just launched an Android version of their ZMart Remote, a dongle that plugs into the 3.5mm headphone jack on your phone. The dongle is available from AMAC in Hong Kong where they’re currently on-sale for $128HKD including delivery, this converts to just over $16AUD.
Once you’ve purchased the attachement you download the app from Google Play. The app is pre-loaded with 200,000 products covering 95% of brands on the market however for those brands not covered there is a Learn-In Command which allows you to use your existing remote to teach your phone the commands.
I’ve purchased one of these to review and AMAC has kindly supplied a second unit which we’ll be giving away when the review goes up but if you can’t wait head over to their site and grab one for yourself.