Phones these days can be used for more than making calls. In an effort to compete and stay relevant in an increasingly crowded market, smartphone manufacturers are incorporating more features into their devices. One feature that is gaining traction is the inclusion of an IR blaster, which can be used to transform a smartphone into a universal remote.
We already told you how to use the IR blaster in the Galaxy S4, however you may not have been aware that another high-end Android smartphone also includes the technology. The HTC One running the company's Sense 5 user interface includes an IR blaster, along with remote control and recommendation software that can enhance your TV experience.
Here's how you can set up the HTC One to control your TV and more:
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Setting up the application is a long and tedious process. Start out by launching the TV application that comes preloaded on the device. You will be asked to provide your location, TV provider, and specific channels you receive, along with other video services you may subscribe to like Hulu Plus. Next, you will be given the opportunity to select your favorite shows... [Read more]