There has been a lot of apps, devices, websites, services, and other unfortunate victims recently that have made their way to stand in line for the chopping block. The Logitech Harmony series is the next one to check off the list.
Logitech’s Harmony remotes have been in the market for 20 years now, starting when they were developed by the company “Harmony” back in 2001. Logitech eventually bought Harmony in 2004, taking over development and sales (and has been the company behind the remotes ever since). They have actually made quite the reputation among AV enthusiasts and could be found in many advanced living room, home theater, and smart home setups.
They weren’t always the easiest to work (depending on the model you bought into) since certain models depend on glitchy software that didn’t always do its job (ie, the Harmony Hub was riddled with problems for many users thanks to its software). Logitech is a company that is well-known for its amazing hardware solutions. Just, not so much the software side of things. Some of the company’s software solutions that support its hardware still feature a visual design that looks like it came out of the early 2000s (that “made for XP” kind of feel).
However, depending on the model you bought into (or your level of patience), they were still possibly one of the most powerful customizable remote solutions on the market for consumers. Leaving a pretty big hole in the market for competition to hopefully swoop in and fill. Using Harmony remotes as a template, adding built-in voice control and other modern features could lead to some pretty lucrative products in the future if some of these other companies take advantage of the death of what is the most reputable competition out there. Take a look at the remote for the Firestick as an example. It’s nothing in comparison when it comes to multi-device support, yet is already so far ahead of the Harmony remotes in many ways.
Current retail sales will continue as long as there is still inventory left to sell, and Logitech has said it will continue to support and update the products already in the market. Logitech will simply halt production of any further quantities, marking the end of the Harmony series.
So if you are a Harmony remote fan, you might want to consider rushing out to invest into anything you’d like to make use of now before the inventory is gone. Harmony remotes can be found via many retail spots, like Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy.