Yamaha Electronics Corporation has introduced a free downloadable Android app that enables users to control the most-used functions of its network receivers and Blu-ray players from anywhere without a remote control.
The Android AV Controller app can be downloaded now from the Android Marketplace and used with many Yamaha models (listed below). It is available in several languages, including English, French, German, Spanish and Russian.
The suite of receiver control functions available through this app include the ability to select from available inputs, adjust volume levels, mute volume, and power the components on and off. With it, users can also select content from connected USB devices and iPods/iPhone, Internet radio and the receiver’s FM/AM tuner, or any other internally available source, with full metadata information shown on the Android device’s display.
In addition, DSP and SCENE modes can be selected, and all available AV receiver zones can be powered on with the option to change inputs in those zones. For Blu-ray players, the app can control basic “play,” “stop,” and “forward” options.
“Now it doesn’t matter if you’re devoted to the iPhone, iPad, Droid or an Android-powered tablet, you can now use any of these popular devices to control the most important aspects of your home entertainment experience from anywhere in or around your home,” said Tom Sumner, president, Yamaha. “In addition to putting an extra remote in your pocket, our powerful Android AV Controller app is free and easy to use. In fact, it comes with a Demo mode that quickly instructs users how to hit the ground running with set up and operation.”
To take advantage of the Android AV Controller app, consumers will need a device with AndroidOS 2.1 or higher, a wireless Local Area Network (LAN) and a compatible Yamaha Network product(s) residing within the same LAN. The Yamaha network products will need to have their Network Standby settings “ON” so that the unit can accept commands via the network.
Yamaha receiver and Blu-ray models compatible with the Android AV Controller app include: