Home automation provider Control4 has finally seen fit to open up its systems to Android users, releasing a version of its MyHome software for phones and tablets. Already available on iOS and PCs, it lets homeowners with Control4 setups manage their video, music, lighting and more on their own devices with taps and gestures. The apps themselves are free, but naturally one will need a MyHome license to use them, which runs $499 for multiple devices at one location or $199 for a single device. Of course, if you've had one of these installed scraping together the cash probably won't be too difficult, so while you're checking the couch for loose change we'll sit back and wonder whatever happened to that Android@Home project we (haven't) heard so much about. Press release and demo video follow after the break.

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Control4 MyHome Now Available for Android
New app provides whole home control from today's most popular devices.

Salt Lake City, UT – December 14, 2011- Control4, a leader in affordable IP-based home control systems, announces their new Control4® MyHome™ application for Android™-based smartphones and tablets. This addition to the popular Control4 MyHome family lets homeowners use the simple yet powerful Control4 interface on the leading mobile device platforms, providing total home control over video, music, lighting, thermostat, security, and more.

"Android's fresh features and popular marketplace have driven mobile platform's popularity, and now our customers want the convenience to interact with their Control4 systems from their new Android devices," said Martin Plaehn, Chief Executive Officer of Control4. "Like our MyHome iPad™ and iPhone™ apps, both popular additions to our lineup, we anticipate the new app for Android will let our dealers put the best Control4 interface in front of our customers. With smartphones and tablets topping most holiday gift lists, we're expecting more and more consumers to demand home control from these devices...and we are delivering."

Dealers now have the ultimate flexibility to deliver the best control interface for each customer, whether they want to use smartphones, tablets, Control4 touch screens, remotes, and/or keypads to control functions in their home. Since MyHome provides a familiar Control4 user interface on leading mobile device platforms like Android and iOS, customers will feel productive and in control no matter where or how they interact with their systems.

Dealers can leverage the MyHome licensing model to mix and match Android, iPhone, iPad, or even PC or Mac interfaces into a single Control4 system. For customers adding MyHome capability to their systems, the enabling license for multiple devices at a single location, or site, is $499, while a single device license is $199. Homeowners who already have a MyHome site license can add support for their Android devices for free; they simply have to download the app.

Over 250 Control4 Dealers participated in a private preview for the Control4 MyHome application for Android and provided the following reviews:

"Works amazing! I am so excited that my clients can take advantage of their Android devices." - Chris Coleman, Perfect Solutions AV

"I will have a lot of happy customers." - Bryan Ware, CrossLink Integrated Solutions

"Installed flawlessly and works like a charm on mine and my wife's Nexus S running 2.3.6. Fast and responsive. I am so happy not to have to switch back and forth from [my] remote to [the] app!" - Sanjay Rana, Kays Interiors

"I love this thing so far!" - AJ Brunson, Foothills Systems

The app will be available as a free download on December 14, 2011, on the Android Market or on the Amazon Appstore for Android. The MyHome application for Android supports Android operating systems 2.1 through 3.2.

The app includes a demo mode that allows customers to see the features supported in the application. To try the app in demo mode, download the app from the Android Market and from the Welcome Screen, simply launch the app into Demo mode.

For more information on Control4 or to locate a Control4 Dealer in a city near you, please visit www.control4.com.


About Control4
Control4, a leading provider of the operating system for the smart home, delivers intelligent control over consumer electronics products, appliances and networking systems through an easy-to-use and intuitive software interface. Founded in 2003, the company delivers affordable automation of lighting, music, video, thermostat, security, and energy management systems through more than 2,000 custom integrators, retail outlets, and distributors in over 70 countries. With the most intelligent, open and affordable control solution on the market, Control4 is the platform of choice for major consumer electronics companies, residential homes, hotels, businesses and utilities that require an intelligent, open and affordable control solution. For more information visit www.control4.com.

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Control4 MyHome app takes up residence on Android while Android@Home is out of town