We select the android-application for controlling home appliances: Mi Remote and Galaxy S4 Universal Remote, as well as the results of testing eight programs
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Laboratory site Overclockers.ru continues to choose the best mobile application to control home appliances using android devices.
We have previously studied several programs: Control It, IR Universal Remote and ZaZaRemote (Tiqiaa Remote) , AnyMote Universal Remote, ASmart Remote IR and SURE Universal Remote . This collection of utilities turned out to be quite good, but perhaps there are better applications? And if so, why not try them?
That is why in the new material we will consider an interesting utility Mi Remote, included in the software package of mobile devices Xiaomi ( reviews which were repeatedly held in our laboratory) and is freely available on Google Play. At a couple with her, we take a look at the fairly simple and customized utility Galaxy S4 Universal Remote. And at the end of the test you are waiting for the results of testing eight programs.
The following device was used as test equipment:
- Smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro (OC Android 7.1, Resurrection Remix 5.8.1, Snapdragon processor 650 64-bit, 6 x 1800 MHz, video processor Adreno 510, 2 GB of RAM).
Xiaomi mobile devices have always been famous for their quality and good price-performance ratio, but their main advantage was the operating system Miui OS, built on the basis of OC Android. It is distinguished by a convenient and beautiful interface, graphic themes and proprietary applications. One of these and became the object of our attention.
Immediately, I will note that we will use a modified version of the application, which was downloaded on the Internet and offers a complete Russification, unlike the version that is posted by developers on Google Play.
After clicking on the Mi Remote shortcut, the application will start almost immediately, and we will be on its main screen. We will be offered to add a remote control, then choose the type of device, which remote control device you will have to issue, and select a specific device model.
It must be said that all Xiaomi applications are made in such a minimalist style: the menu uses a simple structure, delicate pastel colors are used as the background fill, and the interface itself is not overloaded with various elements and objects.
When testing a remote control, we will be offered to try to turn on / off the device from the smartphone, adjust the volume, open the menu, and so on. If the key performs the specified action, confirm and go to the next option, if not, then click on the appropriate key, and Mi Remote will offer us a new remote.
Of course, all this in the case of testing a smartphone with a TV. These actions will allow us to choose the console that is ideal for the desired device.
The appearance of the remotes in the Mi Remote is quite simple, and depending on the device, it slightly changes its appearance. Despite the fact that the developers did not do the semblance of a real console, as is done in the application Control it , it turned out pretty good, and most importantly - convenient!
You can create an unlimited number of such consoles and divide them into rooms.
From any facilities it is possible to note the presence of vibration when you press any of the buttons on the remote. We must feel pressed. This parameter is activated through the settings.
In addition, Mi Remote offers the simplest widget, presented in the form of a regular icon and providing quick access to a specific remote.
Mi Remote settings indecent little. All we can do is turn on / off the vibration when pressing the keys of the remote control, activate the control panel on the lock screen, rename or delete the remote control, and also fix the work of any particular key (for example, when the channel switch key is not working).
Since I personally have been using Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro for the last six months in conjunction with Miui OS and Mi Remote, I can fully tell you about the efficiency of the utility.
So, after installing and initializing the program, you will forget about the existence of any problems associated with the control of equipment using a smartphone. This utility will never let you down! This is verified not only on the Xiaomi proprietary operating system, but also with other Android OS builds, for example, Resurrection Remix 5.8.1 in this case.
If the list of supported devices Mi Remote includes your TV, digital camera, air conditioning, etc., the gadget will definitely work. In addition, the program is actively updated with the addition of new devices, for example, there is support for cameras Aigo, Kodak, Sony and many others that are not in competing solutions.
Application Version 5.3.2 Distribution Size 13.53 Mbytes Application Size in Installed Form 22.35 Mbytes RAM Consumption 60-80 Mbytes
To work Mi Remote, we need any more or less modern device based on Android 4.0.3 OC, about 25 MB in the built-in data storage and up to 70 MB of RAM. Agree, at the moment it is the bare minimum.
Mi Remote is an advanced home appliances management app released by Xiaomi. It leaves a pleasant impression, thanks to the huge base of supported devices, nice design and ease of use. At the same time, the application itself is free and without advertising.
There are no disadvantages as such, except for the normal support of the Russian language. However, it is in the programs that come with the global firmware MIUI. After all, the specificity of the goods of this company affects here. But on the Internet you can find a full-fledged russified version.
App evaluation: 9 (out of 10).
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