Samsung WachON is an underrated feature.

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  1. ChrisTX macrumors 68030

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    I know other phones also have IR blasters, but surprisingly, many do not. However last night I was in a crowded restaurant and needed to get the TV channel changed so I could watch a certain college football game. Unable to get anyone in the restaurant to help, I was able to do it myself with my Note 3 and the super convenient WatchON app! Outside of being able to play jokes on people by randomly changing the channel at crowded sports bars, sometimes this app just really comes in handy! Who else uses this app?
     
  2. mercuryjones macrumors 6502a

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    You might want to be really careful what channels and what TVs you use this on. Some people might not take too kindly to your "joke".
     
  3. ChrisTX thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I rarely use this app for satire purposes but in this case no one was watching the TV so it was totally harmless. Plus as soon as I got the game on everyone started watching, so it was actually a win/win! :cool:
     
  4. mercuryjones macrumors 6502a

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    Well, you are in Texas. We do love our football.
     
  5. ChrisTX thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Pretty much, I felt like I had done my good deed for the day! lol :D
     
  6. cdmoore74 macrumors 68020

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    I love my IR blaster and it's something that every smartphone should have. It's just another thing added to my list of negatives for Apple devices. While WatchOn is nice I found a even more powerful IR remote app called "smart remote". It's updated on a regular basis and you can incorporate multiple remotes on one page with custom colors and resizable buttons. Or create custom widgets on your home screen.
     
  7. pdqgp macrumors 68020

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    ^^ this. I use Smart Remote. Came in very handy when my father was in the hospital. Their TV's had a USB plug but according to the nurses, their IT Dept wouldn't allow them to change inputs on the TV from whatever their source is to USB So my father could watch a move. I just downloaded the IR Remote for that model to my Note 3 and viola, was able to change just about anything I wanted and made it so my father could watch what he wanted. :cool:
     
  8. Shuri macrumors 6502

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    No, every Television set should have a bluetooth/wifi interface for remote control. That would also prohibit use of the IR interface by random devices.. ;)

    I agree a IR blaster can be nice, but Apple is known for "looking forward" like they didn't use bluray or Adobe Flash for instance.. All in all I'd favor TV set makers to adopt a new Standard for remotes.
     
  9. ChrisTX thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Says the person who's smartphone doesn't have an IR blaster. No need to try and change the game just to fit their agenda. Plus this isn't a deal breaker for me just an added bonus. ;)
     
  10. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    An IR blaster is one of the things I liked about my 2005 Samsung smartphone.

    Even back then, it came with a built-in remote control app:

    2005_samsung_ir_remote.png

    It was also one example of Samsung beginning to move to finger friendly apps, versus older stylus based ones.
     
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    ^^ that's what I define as Looking Forward. Besides, while Apple is Looking Forward, their competition who is also Looking Forward, is delivering what people are in need of today. Visionaries are great, but there also needs to be a degree of execution that delivers real-time too.
     
  12. corriewf macrumors 6502a

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    No no no. I have such a tv and use my iPad/phone as a remote. Wifi goes down your screwed. You can't turn the tv on, because it's not connected to wifi yet. And then sometimes the sync is lost. It's a lot messier.
     
  13. khha4113 macrumors regular

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    It was one feature I've missed when I changed S4 to Nexus 5. I'd used it for all my Tvs and set-top boxes in the house.
     
  14. cdmoore74, Oct 5, 2014
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    But every TV, stereo system, set top box and stuff like lights or ac units do not have Bluetooth/WiFi. After decades upon decades of equipment releases IR is still king. And Apple can't do anything to change it. I'm willing to bet that 9 out of 10 Blackfriday tv's sold next month will not have Bluetooth.
    If Apple keeps looking forward they will be left behind. Just look at the 5.5" iPhone. A year prior Apple was making fun of large phones.

    To me there are zero negatives to incorporate IR blasters into phones. The IR dot on top of my Note 3 is less than 1mm in diameter. Slightly larger than a mic hole.
     
  15. Shuri macrumors 6502

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    Is it directed at me? How do you know my Handset? :p
    I'm not against incorporating IR Blaster in a phone. It's cool. Just saying I see much better solutions.

    I've written "Looking Forward" and not Looking Forward for a reason. ;)
    They do what they think is right (as any other company on earth) and sometimes they famously change their minds (iPad Mini, iPhone 6PLus).
    I like the way they sometimes didn't use something everyone tells they should, when they think it's not sufficient (for whatever reason).

    I said Bluetooth or wifi. I don't see that problem with a Bluetooth system.

    IR is king being cheapest, not best solution.
    You're right, there are zero negatives to build in an IR blaster into a phone. But there are many negatives in not using a bluetooth solution (on top if you want) in the TV. I wasn't saying phone makers are wrong using IR. I say TV makers (and others) are wrong using a inferior solution. How nobody came out with something better is beyond me.
     
  16. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 603

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    BT and Wifi requires a constant connection.

    IR doesn't, which is why a pair of double or triple A batteries can last over a year.

    And how would you manage multi device integrated remotes with BT? Can you even have 3 or more connections at the same time? Too many people have it set up that the volume button controls the TV or Home theater receiver, while the channels buttons control the cable or multimedia box. I just see BT as more of an inconvenience, even if it's implemented in TVs and etc.

    Another problem with WiFi and BT is how do you turn on stuff when your TV and other devices are off? It's simpler to just use a WiFi or RC controller with ir sensors attached to each device if you want that type of control it from anywhere connection. Sort of like how those Logitech Harmony remotes work.
     
  17. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    Only issue I have with smartphone remotes is lack of buttons, I mean real physical buttons that I can press without looking at the screen. Heck I've had smartphone remote control apps since the days of windows mobile 10 years ago, and even further back with Palm, but I've never stuck with them because I hate looking down every single keypress I make.

    It's great in a pinch though as the OP points out, and must be great fun to mess with the bar patrons.
     
  18. cdmoore74 macrumors 68020

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    It's easier to incorporate a sensor that cost less than $1 than trying to change a multi-billion dollar industry. No one including Apple will be able to do this.
     
  19. cdmoore74 macrumors 68020

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    That's why you got to make your buttons bigger. Using smart remote you can have 1 big fat button, color code them or what ever you want. But no phone will replicate real physical buttons. You're stuck with multiple remotes or a universal.
     

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    Samsung WachON is an underrated feature.

    I bought the smart remote app when it first came out. Back then I think it was like $20 or something. All I can say is that it has more than paid for itself.
     
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    I loved the IR blaster feature when I had the Note 3 for a brief time.

    Could someone link the smart remote app? I'm coming up with a lot of different results when I search for it.
     
  23. ChrisTX thread starter macrumors 68030

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    It looks like I need to download smart remote. However the only way I see Apple making this better is by making the experience much more intuitive. It can be difficult to get this working with public TV's if you don't know what you're doing. ;) Either way it's great not having to hunt for my remote or get up and get it if it's across the room when my Note 3 is always close by.
     
  24. Mxbzz macrumors 6502

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    $6.99 in the App store. Definitely the best IR app available. I miss being able to control my living room tower fan from my phone (Oneplus One), but it gives me a reason to get off the couch I guess.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.remotefairy
     
  25. mib1800 macrumors 68020

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    I use galaxy remote. This one's similar to smart remote but simpler.
     

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