After two years in the market, Schlage finally made its Bluetooth smart lock compatible with Android smartphones.
The company has introduced an Android mobile app and the Sense Wi-Fi Adapter. By plugging in the adapter and connecting it to a home Wi-Fi router, users will able to control their smart door locks via the Schlage Sense app, which is compatible with both iOS and Android devices.
Although Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt has been in the market since 2015, its use was limited to only iOS users. It worked either with HomeKit or iOS app. Users may set up their Apple TV or iPad as a home hub and conduct control from there.
With the update, both iOS and Android smartphone users can simply add a Wi-Fi adapter to control their Schlage devices from everywhere in the world.
Remote control can provide some added convenience. For instance, homeowners can let in someone to leave a package, and lock the door after the person leaves; or unlock the door for kids or elderly parents who come to visit while the house is empty.
The free Sense app also allows users to create and delete up to 30 unique access codes so that visitors such as friends and family members may enter the house using customized codes. Access codes can be timed so that they will function during only certain periods of time, allowing short-term visitors to enter the house.
The new Wi-Fi adapter will send notifications to the mobile app, showing records of when the lock was used and with which codes. Users may also check the battery life and update setting from the mobile app.
Schlage, a lock maker for nearly a century, has had a business transformation to turn itself into a mobile technology and Internet of Things company. The deadbolt is available for US$230 while the Wi-Fi adapter sells for US$70.