Viper releases SmartStart for Android devices

2112057863 Viper releases SmartStart for Android devicesUp until now, anyone with an iPhone or Blackberry and a vehicle with a Viper alarm system could control a range of features from their SmartStart-equipped smartphone. Now Viper is extending that functionality to Google-powered devices through its free app in the Android Marketplace.
Vehicles equipped with the SmartStart hardware can start their engines remotely, pre-warm or pre-cool the insides and, depending on the implementation, lock and unlock doors, pop the trunk and arm their vehicle through their phones. If a baddy cracks the window, an alert is sent to the smartphone and if you’ve got more than one vehicle equipped with the hardware/software combo, you can keep tabs on all your rides through the system.
Full details in the cheese-laden video and accompanying press release after the jump.

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Start your car from virtually anywhere with your Android, iPhone® or BlackBerry® Smartphone
Vista, California (July 29, 2010) – Directed Electronics today announced the availability of its popular Viper SmartStart app on the Google Android smartphone platform. The free app is available at and the Android Market.
“The Android operating system enables millions of smartphones on all major carrier networks and across a full range of price points,” said Kevin Duffy, President of Directed Electronics. “With this app release, our Viper SmartStart solution is available to more than 75% of all smartphone users.”
Viper SmartStart is available to users with iPhones, BlackBerry smartphones, and now Android smartphones. When the Viper SmartStart hardware is installed on the user’s vehicle along with a compatible Viper remote start or security system, the app allows users to control their car from virtually anywhere with their smartphone. Users with a Viper remote start system can start their engine with the push of a button, to pre-warm it in the winter or pre-cool it in the summer. Depending on the installation, users can also lock and unlock the doors, pop the trunk, or arm their security system and get an alert on their smartphone if their alarm is triggered. Users can even control multiple cars from one smartphone.
According to Mike Simmons, Executive Vice President of Directed Electronics, “Android users are a rapidly growing segment of our customer base and the overall smartphone market, and we’re excited to deliver the Viper SmartStart app to them. Many Android users are early adopters of technology, and we’re proud to be first to enable them to replace their car keyfob with their smartphone. We’ve been leading the automotive industry in smartphone integration, and will continue to deliver ‘first-to-market’ solutions to customers in the future.”
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