We’re happy to announce that Garageio is now available on Smarthome.com! As an IoT hardware startup, it’s extremely important to be available on as many different platforms as possible. So we are adding another distribution channel to our arsenal with Smarthome.com! They have a huge selection of other awesome smart home and IoT products such as the Amazon Echo, Insteon, and Ecobee. Thanks to the folks over at Smarthome for believing in our product!
A Remodeled Garageio App
Garageio’s App has been in need of a serious makeover for quite some time. Through tons of awesome customer feedback, a successful Beta Test, and 4 months of rigorous development, we are proud to announce that we are releasing a brand new Garageio App!
The new app has a completely redesigned aesthetic that brings its looks up to speed with its Blackbox counterpart. But looks aren’t the only thing we focused on, after all, true beauty is on the inside.
What’s new on the inside you may ask? Below is a list of just a few of the new features that are in this first release.
- You can now Manage Users inside the app (View/Add/Remove users for your doors)
- New Door Settings Menu for each of your doors
- New Account Settings Menu
This is just the beginning of new developments you will see in the near future. As Garageio continues to grow and we develop new integrations, features, and surprises, the app will not be lagging behind. The importance of Garageio’s user experience will be kept in the forefront, starting with the app.
So if you love the new app and think it’s perfect, let us know! If there is a feature or integration you want us to implement, or a particular design change you want to see, let us know! We want the app to be a living piece of software through continuous development in order to create a better experience for you.
You can download the new Garageio app on the App Store or Google Play today! Please leave us a new review with your feedback!
New Garageio Helpcenter!
The new Garageio Help Center is live! For any and all of your Garageio related questions, you can now visit http://help.garageio.com/! We have also added a bunch of information to help you connect your Garageio with Amazon Echo. Connecting them is now easier than ever. You can check out the new documentation with step-by-step instructions here.
Garageio is getting smarter every day and we are constantly improving and developing Garageio to make sure your experience is as simple and secure as possible. Stay tuned for more updates!
Make Your Garage Even Smarter!
We’re excited to announce the debut of the Garageio Skill for the Amazon Echo™ which allows you to control your garage using your voice! To use the Garageio skill, you need to enable it in the Alexa Companion App (or website).* Simply open the app, tap on Skills in the menu, and then press Enable for the Garageio skill.
Once enabled, you can link your Garageio to your Amazon account by speaking the following to Echo:
“Alexa, ask Garageio to begin setup”
* In order to use Garageio with Amazon Echo, you need to own both Garageio and an Amazon Echo.
Garageio iOS App 2.0 Released to the App Store!
Today we released version 2.0 of the Garageio iOS App to the Apple App Store.
This version of the application includes a number of features that have been requested.
Using version 2.0 of the iOS app, you can now enable/disable door open alerts, change the notification tone that is played when you receive a door open alert to one that is more subtle, and set the time zone in which your garage is located.
Each of these settings will be stored on your phone. In addition, each of these settings will be backed up to your Garageio account so that they can be recovered if you need to reinstall the app, switch phones, etc.
You can now choose between two different alert tones. Loud and Clear is the default tone.
Loud and Clear (default)
Setting the time zone will ensure that open and close times are reported correctly on your Garageio dashboard located on our website.
Shake to Refresh
When you access the Garageio iOS app, the app requests the status (opened/closed) of each of your garage doors. Shaking your phone will now tell the app to request the status of each door again.
Door Open/Close Changes
In addition the Garageio app has been updated so that you cannot open or close a garage door that is in the process of opening or closing. When a door is opening, a status message will appear stating “door opening”. When the door is fully open, the message will changed to “door opened”. Similar messages will appear for a door that is closing and closed.
We’re looking forward to your questions, comments, and feedback. You can contact us at any time via our Contact form.
Latest Activity Now Includes Opening and Closing a Door Outside of Garageio
Over the weekend we released a major update to Garageio. This update tracks door opens and closes that take place outside of Garageio (the website, the iOS app, the Android app, and IFTTT).
Now, when your door is opened or closed with a remote control or wall push button, the action is recorded and appears in your Latest Activity on your Garageio dashboard.
Opens and closes that take place outside of Garageio will be represented with “Non Garageio Event” along with the name “Non Garageio User.”
These toggles will also be broadcast to IFTTT so that recipes using the Door opened or closed trigger include them as well.
Testing Version 2 of Our iOS App
It’s been snowing all day in Columbus, Ohio. We’ve spent the day testing version 2 of our iOS app. We hope to be in the app store soon!
Announcing the Garageio Channel on IFTTT
The Garageio team is proud to introduce the Garageio Channel on IFTTT.
IFTTT (if this then that) is a free service which allows users to connect different internet-based applications together, automating every aspect of their lives.