Android versus iOS

Hello,

I have just recently purchased my hardware and now I find myself torn between what program I'm going to use. I've been looking over iRule for quite some time now, and although I love the flexibility, I must admit that I find the process a little intimidating. Roomie, on the other hand looks pretty easy to set up, but I know it has some severe limitations. After mulling it over, and seeing how helpful the community is here... I feel ready to take the plunge. This is where my first question comes to light.

Is there a significant difference between running the platform on Android versus iOS? I'm just about to purchase a new phone, and this has pretty much become the deciding factor. It's basically come down to the iPhone 5 and either the Galaxy S III or the Note 2, and I'm simply curious what everyone has experienced.

Thanks.

Jake
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  • Hey Jake,

    Don't be intimidated by iRule. It takes a tiny bit of patience and once it clicks, everything will come easy to you. We are currently looking into different ways to help make iRule more "casual" user friendly. You are new and we would love to hear your feedback when you get everything working.

    As for your question, I think the best way to answer the question is to just let you know how iRule started. iRule started out on the iPhone and later developed the Android version of the app. Because of this fact the iOS version of iRule is more mature and has been maintained for years, while the android version is still young ( less than a year old ). But with that said we work hard to keep both Android and iOS feature complete. In recent months features have first come out for iOS and then released for Android shortly, about 1 month, after. We are working to synchronize the release cycles, sorry Android users :( ...

    Here is my opinion about your choice of phone. Pick what you like, leave iRule out of the picture. iRule works great on Android and iOS. Pick a different criteria for your phone. The choices you have up there are all uniquely different, and, from what I have seen and read, all very nice devices. The one observation that I can make is that if you are tied to the Apple ecosystem the iPhone 5 is a must have. If you use iTunes and own a MacBook Pro I think that answers your question, but that is just my opinion.

    You can also go the route of buying an iPod Touch or a Samsung Galaxy Player and using that as your remote. Sometimes this is a better option, because changing the channel won't be dependent on your phone, but a dedicated remote. Just something to think about, not sure if you knew iRule would work with these devices.

    I hope my comments were helpful.
    Don't be afraid to ask questions, we are here to help.

    Just out of curiosity what are you trying to control with iRule ?
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  • Hello,

    Thank you for the prompt response. Like I mentioned, the customer service is certainly what has won me over thus far.

    I figured that the iOS version was certainly the more mature of the two. It's typically the case with most applications. Unfortunately, Android is quite fragmented so it can be problematic from a developing perspective. Obviously not all Android devices are created equal.

    I'm not overly tied to the Apple ecosystem. I do use iTunes, but I have used other media players on previous phones without much of an issue.

    I was aware that you were able to use devices other than a phone, but I simply like the convenience of an all-in-one type device. I would also consider a small tablet in the future. Once again, it's the Android versus iOS debate. I know there is speculation of an iPad mini in the very near future and that is certainly appealing, considering I find the current edition to be too large for a remote. The Nexus 7 has also sparked my interest. Ultimately I'm just trying to figure out what camp to call home temporarily.

    I will be controlling a rather simple home theater consisting of:

    LG 55LW6500 Television
    Onkyo TX-NR809 Receiver
    Apple TV (2nd Gen)
    Motorola DCX3400 DVR
    Oppo BDP-103 Blu-Ray Player

    I appreciate any input. Thanks again.

    Jake
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  • Just wanted to pitch in here with my first post as I am in a similar situation with regards to the choice of devices and also just about to start using iRule. I just purchased an IP2IR from GlobalCaché to play with.

    I and the kids have Android phones, the wife an iPhone and there is also one iPad and one GalaxyPad 10.1 in the house. Ideally either of these devices should be able to be the "current" remote at any point in time; the plan is also to have my old iPhone 4 or maybe an iPod Touch as a dedicated remote always in the HT room.

    Unfortunately the trial version of the Builder does not include Android devices so I can just test on the iDevices.

    I also have an LG 55LW TV which has IP control but apparently limited to LG's own app. Looks like it will have to be IR there but maybe that will change. I will follow this with great interest!
    • Hi,

      Just wanted to chime in here and say that the trial version of iRule Builder does indeed support Android devices. It's a little counter-intuitive since if I remember correctly, the default project includes an iPad layout. But you're not restricted to the default layout: I was able to deploy to both an Android tablet and Android smartphone prior to purchasing a license, so I can confirm that it does indeed work.

      Hope this helps!
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