Android as a Speech/Alarm Device released! And Updated!

Link not work…

Which link isn’t working? They all seem fine to me.

Link is not working from mobile devices. 404 not found on URL /mobile/LANdroidHowTo/LANdroid.html

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I don’t suppose there is any chance this could be made to work with Kitkat? I have two kitkat tablets, that I cannot figure a way to get upgraded to lollipop.


Porting to KitKat would be tricky; I’m using the AudioAttributes.Builder class, which was introduced well past KitKat, and I don’t have any older devices to test with.

@desertblade That does not exist, true. How are you getting there?

From my phone, just following the link. I thought it may be css or some logic in javascript that is redirecting to a mobile page. Looking at the source its as simple as webpages can get. My next best guess is Apache or what ever webserver you have is doing it.

If you last installed the Android portion a week ago, you may want to get the new LANnouncer on the Play store. It has much better reliability.

I first tried landroid and now I’m using LANnouncer . I have experienced the same problem with both apps on my galaxy S6. Upon starting me apps the system will work fine and a short while later the service will stop and I will no longer get notifications. Is there a known fix for this?

We can debug why LANnouncer is dying at least.

  • Uninstall LANdroid and LANnouncer from the tablet, to start clean
  • Install LANnouncer from the Play store or web site
  • Install CatLog or another logging system onto your tablet
  • Set up a logging filter so you see just the lannouncer log entries. (filter on LAN should be enough)
  • As soon as the service crashes, look at the log and send me what it says.

That will give me some idea what’s going on.

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Where can I download this from? I don’t see it in the US playstore…and the link is dead.

Try going directly to his website here:

For sideloading the apk, the direct link to download the LANnouncer.apk file is malformed (it has a mailto: in the link) so just go here to download it:

I did a Google Play search and found it here for a direct install onto your android device:

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Thanks for this…still can’t get to the site…I was able to download Lannouncer, is this all I will need to get notifications to work if a door opens and closes?

WOW MAN. Works like a champ with Big Talker. No Sonos for me…
In previous iteration I could not load it on Nexus7-2012 - now I can - woo-hoo!!

I didn’t find a donate link.

How did u get it to work? And integrate with Big talker? I’m not quite understanding how to combine the 2? And I’m not seeing any instructions or documentation.

You need several things to get this to work and you’ll need to access your “developer” account or create one here:

  1. a new Device type, you’ll need to use a ‘developer’ account to create this device type. You Copy/Paste this into “Create New Device” from code under the My Device Types tab:

  2. an android device running Lollipop (Android OS 5). Create a new device from code under My Devices tab and apply the new device type you created earlier from a pop up window. It should be near the bottom called “LANdroid Alerter”.

  3. LANnouncer software running on your android device.

  4. BigTalker smartapp running to create announcements, you’ll need a ‘developer’ account to create this custom smartapp. You’ll also COPY/PASTE this code into My Smart Apps tab.
    [OBSOLETE 1.1.6 5/25/16] Big Talker - Talk when events occur

Optionally another smartapp to send SMS to your Android device.

As mentioned earlier, more information can be found here:

If you need to know how to make device types and smartapps, I’ll dig up the links for those.


Big shout out to @Jimxenus for being a bigger help than I am!

@Phil_Panfili, I think I’ve corrected the links now.

Incidentally, there’s been a newer version for a while up on the web site, but not the Play Store, with a settings screen off the hamburger menu (the upper right menu), allowing you to choose to have LANnouncer respect the phone silence modes (or to ignore them; the default is to respect that if the ringer is off, LANnouncer should be quiet, so you have to switch this on tablets), and volume settings.

@ero4444 Thank you. Never occurred to me to set up a donation link.

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This is great stuff… I’m going to give it a go. I already got Bigtalker installed, and Lannouncer…

I should be able to do #1.

But I’m a little confused about number 2? Where do I add the device? And what am I adding?

Okay, I’ve got a lot of improvements to make to the documentation apparently. :wink:

  1. Log into
  • Go to My Device Types (fifth over on the top, not My Devices), Create New, From Code.
  • Download the LANdroid device groovy file (click), and paste it into the window for the “code”
  • Save and “Publish” for yourself. (That’s an actual option.)
  • In, go to “My Devices” (Third over on the top)
  • Create new device, choose the “LANdroid Alerter” type (which will be at the bottom of your list)
  • Name/configure it
  • That’s all you need for a LAN-connected device (e.g. local tablet), but if you want to receive chimes, alarms or speech on your cell phone when away from the house, use similar processes to install the SmartApp
  • Tell BigTalker to use this device in the events.

It sounds like a lot of steps, but it’s really pretty quick. Sort-of like checking your gmail - turn computer on, log into computer, open start menu, select web browser, go to, enter user id, enter password, click enter. Eight steps to get to gmail, which you think of as “open gmail”.