Viper SmartStart launches on Android, brings remote vehicle start and more

Directed Electronics has released its popular Viper SmartStart application for the Android platform, which allows drivers to remotely start their car, lock and unlock doors, pop the trunk, and more.

You've probably seen their iPhone app featured in an AT&T iPhone commercial.   Be aware, it does take hardware in your vehicle, which you may not have and will need to have installed.  While applications like this may not be for everyone, it's great to see developers of top tier products supporting Android, it shows that they too see the potential behind out friendly green robot.  You can download the application from the market and at , and it would be great to hear from anyone who's converted over from iOS and is using the iPhone app -- let us know how they compare.  Hit the jump for the full press release. [Viper]



Start your car from virtually anywhere with your Android, iPhone® or BlackBerry® Smartphone


Vista, California (July 29, 2010) – Directed Electronics today announced the availability of its popular Viper SmartStart app on the Google Android smartphone platform.  The free app is available at (opens in new tab) and the Android Market.


“The Android operating system enables millions of smartphones on all major carrier networks and across a full range of price points,” said Kevin Duffy, President of Directed Electronics.  “With this app release, our Viper SmartStart solution is available to more than 75% of all smartphone users.”


Viper SmartStart is available to users with iPhones, BlackBerry smartphones, and now Android smartphones. When the Viper SmartStart hardware is installed on the user’s vehicle along with a compatible Viper remote start or security system, the app allows users to control their car from virtually anywhere with their smartphone. Users with a Viper remote start system can start their engine with the push of a button, to pre-warm it in the winter or pre-cool it in the summer. Depending on the installation, users can also lock and unlock the doors, pop the trunk, or arm their security system and get an alert on their smartphone if their alarm is triggered. Users can even control multiple cars from one smartphone.


According to Mike Simmons, Executive Vice President of Directed Electronics, “Android users are a rapidly growing segment of our customer base and the overall smartphone market, and we’re excited to deliver the Viper SmartStart app to them.  Many Android users are early adopters of technology, and we’re proud to be first to enable them to replace their car keyfob with their smartphone.  We’ve been leading the automotive industry in smartphone integration, and will continue to deliver ‘first-to-market’ solutions to customers in the future.”


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About Directed Electronics 

Headquartered in Southern California, Directed Electronics is the largest designer and marketer in North America of consumer-branded vehicle security and remote start systems (sold under Viper®, Clifford®, Python®, Autostart® and other brand names). Directed Electronics is also a supplier of mobile audio products sold principally under the Orion® brand name, and digital OEM Integration products sold under the XPRESSKIT® brand name. Directed Electronics markets its broad portfolio of products through many channels including leading national retailers and specialty chains throughout North America and around the world. Founded in 1982, the company's primary operations are located in Vista, California and Quebec, Canada. For more information, please visit (opens in new tab). Directed Electronics is a business unit of DEI Holdings, Inc.


Forward-Looking Statements 

Certain statements in this news release that are not historical fact constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements typically are identified by the use of terms such as "may," "should," "might," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate" and similar words, although some may be expressed differently. Shareholders and other readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results of DEI Holdings to be materially different from historical results or from any results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include competition in the consumer electronics industry, development of new products and changing demand of customers, reliance on certain key customers, decline in consumer spending, reliance on certain manufacturers and their ability to maintain satisfactory delivery schedules, disruption in supply chain, shortages of components and materials, economic risks associated with changes in social, political, regulatory, and economic conditions in the countries where the company's products are manufactured, quality installation of products by customers, significant product returns or product liability claims, compliance with various state and local regulations, risks with international operations, impairment of goodwill and intangible assets, claims related to intellectual property, ability to service debt obligations, restrictive terms of the company's senior secured credit facility, vulnerability to increases in interest rates, disruption in distribution centers, ability to raise additional capital if needed, dependence on senior management, ability to realize on investments made in the business, and integration of acquired businesses. Certain of these factors, as well as various additional factors, are discussed from time to time in the reports filed by DEI Holdings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. DEI Holdings disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.


Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod, iPod touch, and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.


Other trademarks, service marks and trade names appearing in this release are the property of their respective owners. 

Copyright © 2010 Directed Electronics, Inc. All rights reserved. 

SOURCE: Directed Electronics

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  • Sweet, I saw Compustar already had an app for that but I picked a Viper alarm for my current car.
  • I for the life off me don't understand the need for this, my key fob works just fine to start my car.
  • It is for people.who have cars that did not have remote start integrated from the factory.
  • so if someone steals your phone, they could steal your car, too. And if they steal your phone, then you can't get into your car, even if you had a pin lock on the phone because, well, you don't have a key fob, and if you do, then you don't need this app on your phone... see, completely pointless.
  • I had the battery in my fob go dead the other day, I couldn't start my Jeep. Fortunately "this time" I was within walking distance of a store where I could buy a few batteries. I could see how this might come in handy but Ill pass.
  • awesome. I had this installed way back in the winter this year and its GREAT for starting your car anywhere you have data. I can start my car miles away, out of FOB range and when I get to my car it is ready and warm (or cooled down in the summer). The Android app is more or less the same as the iOS counterpart. When I used it on the iPhone, there was no real backgrounding support with this app. I'm not sure if they have updated it since then, but the Android app opens up quick, since its running in the background! This is one of the final apps I needed on Android to not look back to the iPhone. All I need now is Words with Friends to be ported over.
  • Wordwise
  • So all you gotta do is steal somebody's phone and then you can steal their car too. ***And before you come back with "well you could always steal someone's keys and do the same thing..." let me suggest that people usually keep their keys in their pocket while their phone might be laying on a table or somewhere else besides in their pocket.***
  • Even if you start the car with the phone, you still must have the keys to get the car out of gear and disengage the internal steering wheel lock.
  • The app is free, but the gadgetry that you need to go with it in youse chariot is 500 clams installed! Meh ... I gonna pass on this one.
  • My question is does this give me the 2 way reporting like the Viper Key Fobs give?
    Example : My moms Mustang has a Viper security system on it, if the alarm is set off her key fob beeps to informing her that the alarm is going off and she can go check on it. As far as the "Now someone can steal my phone & my car" I would much rather that because I have a few things that keep them from stealing my car even with my phone. A) I have a lock screen on my phone, if they do a reset on my phone (they first have to know how), then it loses the info for the viper system.
    B) Mobile Defense installed as root If they somehow manage to figure out my 6 Pin Security Lock page I can get go log into the Mobile Defense site and track my phone (hopefully my car too if they are in it) and relay info back to the police. I would much rather they have my phone vs my keys. With your keys they can get into your car look at the vehicle reg and get into my house, because they have my house key. If I have a remote start fob on there they can set off the alarm and find the car easier, not to mention most keys have the manufacture on them, so they are like okay I am looking for either a Chevy or a Dodge here, that the alarm is going off.
  • Does this work on VZW
  • An alternative to the smart system is the DynaKey (, which is not only less than half the price ($199), but is also free for life. Smart start, on the other hand, locks you into a contract @$30/month. And, well, "free" is my favorite word.