HTC has just added a new API to its OpenSense SDK to help developers take advantage of the IR hardware on the HTC One. Because the device has an IR emitter -- which cleverly placed in the power button -- HTC is hoping that developers will be able to take advantage of it and offer new apps above and beyond the bundled Sense TV. The new API, which is available upon request, will let the One be programmed in the same way a universal remote can. HTC envisions that developers could build apps to have the One control TVs, printers, cameras and any other device that relies on IR for control.

Developers will have to contact HTC directly and apply for more information on the API, so it's clear that HTC is going to try and build partnerships to make compelling apps out of the gate. That little hurdle aside, it's important that a wider range of developers will have access to the hardware features at this level.

Source: HTC


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HTC adds IR control functions to OpenSense SDK


Many devices are connected now (TV, dvd/bluray, receivers). I wish manufacturers would open the API so that tablets/phones/browser or whatever could control it. It would be really cool to use my tablet to control all my home AV equipment, instead of using several remotes or get a Harmony remote.

I actually was hoping for something like this for a very long time. All they need now is an app that can find your car keys

Btw whether I get this phone or not I can't deny that it looks more and more beautiful in every picture I see.

Manufacturers/HTC will need to be careful of patent infringement with this.

A logical scenario would be for manufacturers to have a NFC tag on their device that you scan with your phone to download the remote control codes to use with a universal remote control app.

However Apple managed to get a patent on this vapourware despite it being obvious and an intended use of the tech; NFC/QR code goes to a website to download an app specific to a device.

You could just use normal universal remote codes, nothing secret in there. All they would need would be the list of codes available in the app or on a website to download, or even in the box as an addendum to the manual. THat's worked for Universal remote manufacturers for years.

Man, that phone looks nice. If I didn't already have a EVO 4g lte I'd probably jump directly to this.

LOL, totally.

Man everytime i see someone with an HTC i feel bad for them with their bloatware.

My Galaxy Note 2 is bloated too, and i run a launcher but Sense is like 3x the boat of Touch Wiz.

I have been installing roms on phones since Windows Mobile to get rid of that crap.