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REDGUM remote control app for IR-blasting Android devices

  • Shipping as standard with every REDGUM Audio amplifier is a credit-card-sized remote control. It’s slim-line and lightweight. Some users covet its resilience to being sat on or thrown across the room (or that it won’t break toes if dropped directly downwards). Others lament the cheap, plastic feel and its demands for firmer finger press.


    Until today, those falling into the latter camp were obliged to like it or lump it. Now, however, you got options. Users of Android smartphones with in-built infrared (“IR blaster”) hardware, so beloved of TV-B-Gone wannabes, can substitute the credit-card remote for REDGUM’s own remote control app.

    Users of the following models are good to go:

    Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, HTC One M7, HTC One M8, HTC One M9, LG G3.

    You’ll find a more comprehensive list of compatible units here.

    The app’s beta status means Androiders won’t yet find it in the Google Play Store – the app instead requires side-loading from this download page. Find out how to do that here. It’s not too fiddly, I promise.


    Once installed, fire up the app for immediate access to power on/off, mute, volume attenuation and source selection for which Black Series owners can assign names to their amplifier’s colour-coded inputs – an end to those memory games at last!

    Note that iPhone-fellows are forever out in the cold on this one however as Apple doesn’t fit infrared hardware to its devices.

    Further information: REDGUM Android app

    John Darko

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    1. Arrrghhhh! Is there not anything worse than remote control apps? Seriously! You want to quickly adjust that volume as a phone call comes in? Hang on a sec, where’s my phone, now just let me unlock it, right, now lets launch the app…..and yeah, the redgum remote? the worst I’ve seen in a very long time! shame shame shame….my $30 media player has a better remote….once again I think you are being too scared to offend! c’mon John – admit it, you think the redgum remote is a jolly stinker!

      • I don’t think it’s a stinker – some people dig them, hence reporting here – but I have zero issue with the standard remote. I *like* that it’s plastic and light – preferable to the weighty wand that comes with VR LIO. That said, your complaints about smartphone remotes are all valid. OrangeSqueeze on Android automatically pauses playback when it sees an incoming phone call – *love* that! However, it’s not infra-red but wi-fi.

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