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Harmony Remotes

New Features for Logitech Harmony Remote

New Features Include Sonos Integration and Speech-to-Text Search

 Beginning today you can now use your Logitech Harmony® Ultimate or Logitech Harmony® Smart Control to control additional devices including your SONOS® wireless HiFi System speakers, no matter where they are in the home. In addition to controlling playback and volume directly from your remote, you can access your Sonos Favorites playlists from the color touch-screen of the Harmony Ultimate or through your tablet or smartphone using the free Harmony App.

Harmony Remotes

“With these added integrations we’re creating an even more robust Harmony ecosystem that makes it easier for you to create the optimum home-entertainment experience, including listening to your favorite playlists on Sonos wireless speakers, and setting your Philips Hue lights to the perfect brightness and color for watching a movie,” said Chad Thompson, senior director of marketing and product management for Logitech’s digital home business group. “Harmony’s heritage lies in control of your home-theater devices, and with this update you can easily create the ideal entertainment experience, for the living room and beyond.”

Sonos Speakers

With the speech-to-text capabilities available today through the free Harmony App, searching for content on your streaming device, including the newly compatible Amazon Fire TV, is even faster. Through the Harmony App, you can now bring up the search field in the streaming media app, and use the mobile device’s keyboard to enter text or dictate the desired search terms. The voice recognition is enabled by Siri® voice recognition software or Google Voice Search™, depending on your operating system.

Amazon Fire TV

This software update also enhances the Harmony remote setup process for any products that come with the Harmony Hub. During setup, Harmony now automatically detects your Philips Hue lights, Roku, Sonos speakers and other devices on your network, making configuration easier.

I suspect this is only the beginning as Logitech looks to become a player in the Home Automation space.

 Pricing and Availability

The free software update is expected to be available on June 9, 2014, you can expect it to be offered on the Ultimate Remote and on the Smart Control when you use the smartphone app. For more information on the Logitech line of Harmony remote controls, and to set up your Sonos wireless speakers please visit www.myharmony.com or Logitech’s blog.

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

6 Comments
  • Andy Neill

    Hi there!Any new word on the Oppo or One+ phones from China appearing in North America?

    June 10, 2014 at 2:28 pm Reply
  • Bob Benedetti

    You should be able to order the Find 7a from http://oppostyle.com/. So far the One+ seems to be vapourware..it is supposed to be available in Q2 which means between now and the end of July.

    June 10, 2014 at 2:41 pm Reply
  • Andy Neill

    But I think it is shipped from China and I don’t know what the tax will be on it here.

    June 10, 2014 at 2:44 pm Reply
  • Andy Neill

    A lot of people got invitations to get a One…I will ask my brother in Fredericton…he’s an expert on cellphones. I should put you two in touch…something good might happen!

    June 10, 2014 at 2:46 pm Reply
  • Andy Neill

    They still only have the Find 7a listed…the & is better and I think there are other places you can prder but still ships out of Hong Kong I think.

    June 10, 2014 at 2:48 pm Reply
  • Bob Benedetti

    http://www.oppomart.com/ seems to ship to Brazil. If you email them they could probably give you a landed price.

    June 10, 2014 at 3:07 pm Reply

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