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Motorola Corvair Android-Powered TV Remote Control Is A Tablet


For the longest while there, the Logitech Harmony series was the be-all and end-all of ultimate TV remotes. That might be changing, because we’re getting a sneak peek at the Motorola Corvair; a 6-inch tablet-ish device that will presumably control your television in more interesting ways.

This unofficial leak shows off the device itself, which is a 6-inch tablet, as well as a series of specs labeled on the retail box. From there, we can see that it uses Android 2.3 Gingerbread and comes with WiFi, a 4000mAh battery, and IR connectivity. The assumption is that it’ll play nice with Motorola cable boxes.

What’s interesting is that the UI on the TV appears to be mirrored on the tablet. This could mean that the tablet could serve as a “picture in picture” kind of controller too, allowing one program to be shown on the big screen and another program on the smaller screen. Maybe. We’re hearing that the Corvair is being tested with various cable providers at the moment.

Would you buy a dedicated Android remote for your TV and cable box? Or does this simply make more sense if they include it as an “app” on a Xoom tablet or Droid phone of some kind?

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2 comments

  1. We’ll see how it works for everything that is not Motorola. Logitech has never had a corner on the market accept in how cheap a remote can be and do not believe it will take over the remote market by any means. One of my guy read your article and loves the idea of the remote but as a home theater company I do not see it getting as big as he does. The issues that remotes like this have had for years is that people do not want to have to wake a remote and look at it in order to change a channel or volume up there TV or surround sound. Most client know there push button remotes by heart and do not even look at it to do those things I listed. I think it will have its place but do not think it will be as big as a lot of techies are making it out to be. 

  2. We’ll see how it works for everything that is not Motorola. Logitech has never had a corner on the market accept in how cheap a remote can be and do not believe it will take over the remote market by any means. One of my guy read your article and loves the idea of the remote but as a home theater company I do not see it getting as big as he does. The issues that remotes like this have had for years is that people do not want to have to wake a remote and look at it in order to change a channel or volume up there TV or surround sound. Most client know there push button remotes by heart and do not even look at it to do those things I listed. I think it will have its place but do not think it will be as big as a lot of techies are making it out to be. 

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