Evolution of the App
Sound & Vision|April - May 2021
The introduction of the iPhone in 2007—or, more specifically, Apple opening its App Store to third-party developers in 2008—turned out to be one of the most consequential developments ever to hit the home automation market.
By John Sciacca

I remember seeing an iPhone control a home entertainment system for the first time at the CEDIA tradeshow in 2008. It was mind-blowing to watch this small, handheld device being used as a full-blown system controller to operate all manner of equipment. Noting that A/V control wasn’t even its primary function, and that it cost hundreds (or even thousands in some cases) of dollars less than the dedicated touchscreen controllers home automation system manufacturers were selling at the time, it became clear to me that this was a game-changing technology that manufacturers needed to embrace.

Now that tablets, smartphones, and even smartwatches have become ubiquitous, app-based control is growing exponentially, and so is the number of smart devices that can be controlled. And since most smart devices offer networked communication, you’ll get the same access and information whether you’re at home, outside your home, or traveling around the globe.

Here are some key categories where app-based control has made an impact.

MUSIC STREAMING

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM SOUND & VISIONView All

As Good As It Gets

LG 65G2PUA OLED Ultra HDTV

10 mins read
Sound & Vision
August - September 2022

Nugs Redug

Revisiting nugs.net, the concert streaming site that continues to provide new and vintage hi-res live recordings from a wide swath of name artists.

3 mins read
Sound & Vision
August - September 2022

Modern Marvel

MARANTZ MODEL 40N STREAMING INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER

10+ mins read
Sound & Vision
August - September 2022

Laser LCD

EPSON LS12000 4K PRO-UHD LASER LCD PROJECTOR

10+ mins read
Sound & Vision
August - September 2022

THE ATMOS BRANCH

Porcupine Tree returns after a decade-long hiatus to deliver a career benchmark, Closure/ Continuation. All three band members give us the scoop on how it all took root, and Steven Wilson takes us inside the making of the album's truly stunning Dolby Atmos mix.

10 mins read
Sound & Vision
August - September 2022

TALKING HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE

Bill Mandel, co-manager at HDR10+ Technologies, provides an update on the HDR10+ format

6 mins read
Sound & Vision
August - September 2022

Sony, Spider-Man, and the Statue of Liberty

Spider-Man is a comic-book character that was created in 1962. The inaugural issue sold for 12 cents. Sony Pictures, which now owns the screen rights to the character, decided not to release the latest Spider-Man movie in the world's biggest movie market. That decision might cost Sony as much as $340 million.

3 mins read
Sound & Vision
August - September 2022

Sudio E2 Noise-Canceling Wireless Earbuds

Product Review

3 mins read
Sound & Vision
August - September 2022

A New Classic

NAD C 399 integrated amplifier

10 mins read
Sound & Vision
June - July 2022

Cleer Alpha Noise-Canceling Headphones

Cleer Audio's new Alpha headphones, the company's flagship wireless noise-canceling model, is jam-packed with extras to augment its very good overall sound quality. Available in Midnight Blue and Stone finishes, the $199 Alpha offers many advanced and customizable features that make it well worth the price. And with everything from app-controlled ambient audio level adjustment to smart noise-cancellation and Dirac Virtuo processing, the Alpha is primed to take on any travel adventure.

3 mins read
Sound & Vision
June - July 2022