Panasonic turns to Android to control its smart appliances
All of the apps will incorporate NFC technology, so if you have installed Panasonic’s app on an appropriately-equipped device you can simply touch your device to the appliance to transfer a recipe or schedule, get relevant information, or otherwise interact with it. The washing machine will be released on September 25th, and the other appliances are expected to roll out in the following months.
Alas, at this point the product line is only schedule for release in Japan, but there is increasing interest in “smart homes” that use mobile devices as a hub, so if they find success in Japan it wouldn’t be a surprise to see similar products make their way into international markets in the coming year. Owners of iDevices aren’t totally left out in the cold in Japan – the thermostat/AC unit has internet connectivity built in and can be controlled by either Android or iOS devices. It’s possible that if NFC comes to the next iPhone we could see Panasonic embracing a wider mobile ecosystem.
source: Panasonic via Android Authority