Logitech to provide Harmony Ultimate Hub as a stand alone product, turns your Android into a universal remote

Logitech released availability and pricing information for the Harmony Ultimate Hub as a stand alone product this evening, and the device is expected in August 2013 and will retail for $100. The Ultimate Hub is used in conjunction with an Android app to turn your Android or iOS device into a universal remote.

The Hub, which is designed to sit in and among your home entertainment equipment acts as a bridge, allowing commands sent over Wifi from your device to be output ar IR/RF commands to operate video and audio components, like the ones commonly found in living rooms all over the world. Those familiar with the current Harmony line of universal remotes know that programming can be entered to control just about any device.

In addition, Logitech has announced that they will not be selling off the Harmony line of products, saying a surge in momentum since unveiling the Harmony Ultimate makes retaining ownership in the best interest of their shareholders.

Previously, the Hub was only available as part of a more expensive package with a bundled smart remote. Now, users who would just rather use their phone can save a little money. The full press release is after the break.

Logitech Introduces the Harmony Ultimate Hub, Turning iPhone and Android Smartphones into Personal Universal Remotes

Company to Retain Ownership of Harmony Remote Product Line

NEWARK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) today announced the expansion of its universal remote control lineup with the Logitech® Harmony Ultimate Hub, an appcessory for consolidating all of your remote controls into one simple smartphone app, giving you personalized control of up to eight devices from anywhere in the house, using the smartphone you already own. The hub has previously been offered as part of the Logitech Harmony® Ultimate and Logitech Harmony® Smart Control products, and will be a standalone product for customers who prefer to control their digital experience with just a smartphone.

Logitech also announced that it plans to retain ownership of its Harmony remote product line. The company has determined that retaining ownership is in the best interest of its shareholders. The Harmony product line has gained momentum following the April introduction of the Harmony Ultimate product, which is available in major retail locations including select Apple stores in the U.S., and has exceeded the company’s expectations for customer connections.

Pricing and Availability

The Logitech Harmony Ultimate Hub is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe in August 2013, for a suggested retail price of $99.99 in the U.S. For more information, please visit www.logitech.com or our blog.

About Logitech

Logitech is a world leader in products that connect people to the digital experiences they care about. Spanning multiple computing, communication and entertainment platforms, Logitech’s combined hardware and software enable or enhance digital navigation, music and video entertainment, gaming, social networking, audio and video communication over the Internet, video security and home-entertainment control. Founded in 1981, Logitech International is a Swiss public company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI).

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding Logitech’s product category and divestiture plans, new product availability and pricing. The forward-looking statements in this release involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially include those factors set forth under the “Risk Factors” section and other sections in Logitech’s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, available at www.sec.gov. Logitech does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements, which speak as of their respective dates.

Logitech, the Logitech logo, and other Logitech marks are registered in Switzerland and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. For more information about Logitech and its products, visit the company’s website at www.logitech.com.

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  • Now this will definitely help us along to an all connected home. Example: NFC Tag to turn on preset A/C configuration, connect your device Bluetooth to your stereo, turn on big screen, and check for messages the wife may have left on the connected frige.
    I could go on.
    But mainly if use this to turn off the TV in the living room when I'm in the bed. From the DARK AC App!
  • Yay even more charging cycles for my Nexus device.
  • Logitech makes some seriously overpriced stuff.
  • $99 is too much for what is just a wifi to ir bridge. It needs to get to $50 before it'll get serious consideration. Great concept though. Posted via Android Central App
  • I was kinda surprised to see it was only 99. From Logitech that's chicken feed.My harmony 900 was 350 if I remember correctly. I hate the POS...but there was nothing else out there that was a decent RF to IR remote for hidden equipment.
  • There's kids in the world that need food and clothing and shoes and have nowhere to sleep, and literally not a pot to piss in... And you spend $350 on a damn remote control... this is the problem with the world today. Shameful waste of money Posted via Android Central App
  • Next time, instead of spending all that money on something you now admit is a POS, try donating some clothing or food.. or that $350 you carelessly threw away... to someone who desperately needs it. How about the victims of Sandy, or the most recent tornado tragedy and the people who are left without homes and are living in shelters... I bet they could surely use the help. I guarantee you'd feel considerably better about yourself spending your money on those in need, than how you felt after buying a fancy remote control.... you people make me sick Posted via Android Central App
  • Logitech has had this for quite some time, It has been called the Harmony Link, the idea is great, but their app sucks. It wouldn't support ICS until about 6 months ago, and still is constantly reconnecting, and freezing. Its good in concept, but they haven't stood by their app at all. I still have to keep my pile of remotes out. it takes about 30-45 seconds for the app to connect to the hub, sometimes it stays connected as long as you stay on the same wifi network, sometimes it has to reconnect each time you launch the app. Unless you want it to take a minute just to turn up a quiet part of a movie, stay away, or at least get it bundled with the physical remote.
  • Sounds great. Maybe a bit expensive. I'd like to see some pics if the UI Posted via Android Central App
  • Would this allow me to control my Roku? Posted via Android Central App
  • There is already an official Roku remote app for your Android device on the Play store....unless you are trying to have a 1 button "on" setup like harmony can do that will turn on TV, Receiver, Etc, and put them on the correct inputs.
  • Can't the Galaxy S4 & the HTC One already do this because of their built-in IR port? Posted via Android Central App
  • Is this the same as the Harmony Link? If so, why the new hardware? Posted via Android Central App