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Universal Electronics Launches Latest in the UEI iSeries Line of Universal Entertainment Control Solutions for Smartphones and Tablets at Mobile World Congress

February 24, 2014

 

Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) (Nasdaq:UEIC)today announced the latest in the
UEI iSeries line of infrared (IR) blaster hardware solutions,  i-TWO and Quickset 2.3 control software for
smartphones and tablets.

As the leader
in universal entertainment device control, UEI has pioneered the integration of
infrared control in smart devices, dating back to its collaboration with HP on
the iPAQ PocketPC in 2002, which was one of the first personal digital
assistants (PDA) to integrate universal AV control in a multi-purpose
handheld touchscreen device.

Today’s smartphone
and tablet manufacturers have continued this legacy by embracing the concept and
are embedding universal AV control as one of the key features of their mobile
device platforms – supported by the recent addition of native IR control API
from within Android 4.4. (Kitkat).

Consumer
research, conducted by Accenture in 2013, showed that smartphone usage while
watching TV has grown from 42 percent in 2012 to a staggering 68 percent in
2013.  With the majority of AV devices in the market utilizing infrared control, mobile handset manufacturers are driving
the adoption of infrared as a standard feature in today’s smartphones.  By integrating home entertainment control
into this growing “consumer habit,” mobile device manufacturers can strengthen
the association of mobile devices with the evolving home entertainment
experience.

As the innovative leader in device control, UEI successfully designed, developed, and
launched UEI Quickset in 2008, a solution currently deployed in over 70 million
home entertainment devices around
the world, on a variety of platforms and operating systems, such as Linux, Windows, and Android.

UEI Quickset delivers the simplest and most intuitive universal remote control setup and control
experience available today.  This technology
can enable a smartphone or tablet and remote control app to be set up and
programmed to control virtually any television or entertainment device in the
home, with minimal or no user input.

UEI’s device
code database is a key component to successful device control.  UEI’s database is the industry’s leading
device database for universal entertainment control, giving users access to literally
hundreds of thousands of control functions for virtually all digital
entertainment and home automation devices in the world.  With over 98 percent of installed TVs in the
market supported, users across the globe can benefit from UEI’s ability to deliver
the right control code for their specific device.

In addition to
its world-leading infrared control database and QuickSet SDK, UEI also offers one
of the smallest standard infrared blaster chips, with a footprint that is 90% smaller
than UEI’s traditional IR control silicon, and includes features such as built-in
learning and driver circuitry that eliminates the need for external
components.  This makes it the ideal solution
for smartphone and tablet manufacturers, where board space is at a premium.

“Control of home entertainment devices and
other remote controlled electronics is just a logical next step for smart phone
and tablet manufactures.” said Paul Arling, Chairman and Chief Executive of
Universal Electronics.  “We view the
second screen as a complimentary content navigation and control experience to
the traditional remote.  Our 27 years of
experience in integrating control software and hardware for service providers
and OEMs makes UEI uniquely positioned in the market to provide the absolute
best solutions.”

Universal
Electronics will be demonstrating its complete portfolio of control solutions
for mobile and second screen devices, including the smallest integrated IR
Blaster i-TWO and some of its latest innovative features and concepts, such as:

  • Smart Air condition with LCD control; as well as
  • a smart app to automatically give users control access of
    entertainment equipment in most hotels worldwide.

Please join
Universal Electronics at their Stand 8.1K14 in Hall App Planet – Hall 8.1 at
the Mobile Word Congress in Barcelona, Spain on February 24- 27, 2014.

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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.

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Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are made
pursuant to the Safe-Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act of 1995.  Words and expressions reflecting something other than
historical fact are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These
forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties,
including the timely development, delivery and market acceptance of products
and technologies identified in this release; the continued rollout of IR based
features and functions in smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices; the
continued penetration and growth of the products and consumer technologies
identified in this release; and other factors described in the Company’s
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The actual results
that the Company achieves may differ materially from any forward looking
statement due to such risks and uncertainties.  The Company undertakes no
obligations to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to
reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.

Media Contacts:

Benny Canady, UEI Corporate Marketing and Public Relations, Santa Ana,
California
bcanady@ueic.com,
(714) 918-9500

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