It now official, both the high-end Android flagship phones for 2013 will be supported by Google to grace Stock Android. Samsung Galaxy s 4 and the HTC One both work with infrared-blasting hardware so I highly suspect the next version of Android will likely have IR-Blaster-supporting drivers built-in. Infra red is commonly used in TV remote control systems. It’s been confirmed today that both the HTC One and the Samsung GALAXY S 4 in their “Google Editions” will not have IR-Blaster support because
this connection to their hardware is not part of the basic build of Android – it’s made by both HTC and Samsung uniquely. As this is true, and as Android’s next big update version 4.3 is well on it’s way.
Google introduced Miracast support for their devices, it was especially confusing. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean wireless display mirroring works with the Miracast wireless connectivity standard, but because
this standard hasn’t been widely adopted, there are precious few instances where anyone is able to make use of it.
Here is the chance for Google to shine. As the “Nexus user experience” hits both the HTC One Google
Edition and the Samsung GALAXY S 4 Google Edition, so too do we inch closer and closer to a time when it makes sense for Google to introduce Android 4.3.
So while we’ll just have to wait and see, the fact that IR remote functionality is supported by the Linux kernel may just be too simple an equation not to add up. Vanilla Android infrared remote device control, we await for yo arrival eagerly.