Are Androids taking over?

Bryan Jarboe -- Androids may soon become the universal device to control household appliances and electronics.

The idea of being able to control the electronic contents of your home from your fingertips was tossed around this year at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES). This could change the way people live their day-to-day lives.

It means anyone who owns a phone running on the Android operating system, turning the TV on and off when you are not home is just a convenient app away.

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, interviewed at a CNET event at this years CES, discussed his plans for the smartphone and its future in houses everywhere.

Schmidt spoke of taking the smartphone and doing more with it by taking Google’s Android, allow room for creative thinking and push the envelope in ways that Apple Inc. has yet do.

Such creative thinking means that smartphones would be sync’d to houses and their appliances, control televisions, lights, sound systems and even climate control through a simple home Internet connection.

The ability to connect your TV to the Internet is something most high-end models can do, and even some midrange ones can also. Certain models of refrigerators and stoves also have Internet capabilities.

Being able to sync those together on an Internet connection and give the owner control over them via smartphone app would change the rules of everything.

Those apps would have multiple benefits by allowing total home control and creating an environment where developers could create open-end apps for everyone to use.

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