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Submission + - Why don't Android smartphones have IR transmitters? 2

cpaluc writes: I am a dynamic figure often seen sitting on my couch with my Android smartphone. I email friends, I check the weather, I play games, I check my bank balance. I take photos and record video and then edit them before sharing them. I log in to a remote Windows session and save the day at work. I balance, I weave, I dodge, I frolic, and my bills are all paid.

But I can't change the TV channel because my smartphone doesn't have an IR transmitter.

Apologies to Hugh Galagher, but seriously, why don't Android smartphones have IR transmitters? My Nexus 4 is always in my hand, but when I want to change the TV channel, I have to turn the house upside down to find the remote. I would have thought it would be cheap and easy to include an IR transmitter in a smartphone and that a decent Android remote control app would be a killer app. Your thoughts?
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Why don't Android smartphones have IR transmitters?

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  • You might try a searching the internet [lmgtfy.com] to see if there's a product out there that already does just this.

    Perhaps there's some bluetooth widget that you could put next to your entertainment devices and command through your device to send the desired signals.

One good reason why computers can do more work than people is that they never have to stop and answer the phone.

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