Universal Electronics Makes LG Optimus Vu: II “Q Remote” Universal Remote App a Reality

  Universal Electronics Makes LG Optimus Vu: II “Q Remote” Universal Remote
  App a Reality

     New infrared-equipped Android smartphone centralizes control of home
                        entertainment and environment

Business Wire

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- January 14, 2013

Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) (Nasdaq:UEIC) today announced that the new LG
Optimus Vu: II’s groundbreaking “Q Remote” app is the latest smartphone app to
use UEI technology.

Q Remote uses UEI’s infrared blaster microcontroller technology along with
UEI’s proprietary UEI QuickSet for seamless set-up and universal control.
Together, they transform the LG Optimus Vu: II into a platform enabling
consumers to control hundreds of consumer electronic devices such as set-top
boxes, audio equipment and home appliances. While other universal remote
smartphone apps rely on Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, Q Remote ensures that many more
devices can be controlled through UEI’s embedded ubiquitous infrared beaming
solution.

According to Nielsen, mobile devices are now an integral part of the TV
viewing experience. A Q4 2011 Nielsen survey of connected device owners found
“most US smart device owners use their device while watching TV.” U.S.
smartphone owners said using their device while watching TV was a daily event,
for various experiences like video, and social media. As such, UEI’s embedded
control solution delivers a much needed feature in smartphones that gives
consumers the ability to control simple things like turning up the volume on
their television or tuning their set-top box to a specific channel.

The Optimus Vu: II, the first device to include the Q Remote application,
launched in September 2012. Consumers can now surf the web, send messages and
control home devices all at the same time from one convenient device. Control
is made even easier by allowing the user to control devices in the locked
screen mode for instant remote control access, similar to traditional
push-button remotes.

UEI QuickSet SDK is a unique downloadable application that makes the mobile
smart device truly a part of the everyday home entertainment experience. UEI’s
software delivers the most comprehensive and accurate remote control signal
database in the industry to guarantee compatibility with thousands of AV
brands and device types and ensures an almost effortless setup and control
experience in home entertainment.

“We are proud to be a key partner to LG and their launch of the Q Remote,”
says Paul Arling, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for UEI. “The success
of Q Remote confirms the market potential for UEI technology in the mobile
space. Our portfolio of patents and proprietary technology make us the natural
choice for any smartphone company looking to bring universal remote apps to
market.”

About Universal Electronics

Founded in 1986, Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) is the global leader in
wireless control technology for the connected home. UEI designs, develops, and
delivers innovative solutions that enable consumers to control entertainment
devices, digital media, and home systems. The company’s broad portfolio of
patented technologies and database of infrared control software have been
adopted by many Fortune 500 companies in the consumer electronics,
subscription broadcast, and computing industries. UEI sells and licenses
wireless control products through distributors and retailers under the One For
All® brand name. For additional information, visit our website at www.uei.com.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Contact:

Universal Electronics Inc.
Benny Canady, 714-918-9500
UEI Corporate Marketing and Public Relations
bcanady@ueic.com
 
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