Nov 09 AT 8:15 PM Taylor Wimberly 53 Comments

Peel Smart Remote knows TV better than your cable provider

Peel Smart Remote

Do you hate your cable or satellite TV channel guide? I have a feeling the guys at Peel do because they built the ultimate remote application that just destroys the boring-old-school listings. Peel Smart Remote is a free application in the Android Market that helps you find what to watch and controls your home entertainment devices (if you have the Galaxy Tab Plus 7.0).

Today we got some hands-on time with the Peel app and we walked away surprisingly amazed. I just moved to Austin and have Time Warner Cable at home and it’s always extremely frustrating to flip through the channel grid and find what’s on. Google TV helped this problem a little with it’s superior search, but even that experience has not impressed me.

With Peel I was setup in minutes and instantly discovering TV shows and movies I wanted to watch. I’ve only been using it a single day, but Peel sets the bar for how a touch-enabled smart remote should work.

Thanks to the IR port on the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, you can easily scroll through suggested content or browse listings for TV, movies, and sports and then tune to the channel with a single click. Everything is customizable so you can pick the content channels that match your taste. Over time Peel learns what types of shows you like to watch and can recommend similar content you might enjoy.

Each show listing allows you to view the channel number, read the episode description, favorite or cut the program, and share it via social networks. Hardcore TV watchers like Clark will enjoy the First Run filter which only shows new episodes.

Unfortunately, the smart remote part of the app only works with the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus at the moment. We tried it on the Sony Tablet S that also features an IR port, but it was a no go.

That means most of you will have to look at the channel number and then physically punch the numbers on your remote. This might not sound that bad, but after using Peel it makes using my old remote feel like I’m walking over to the TV and changing the channel.

Peel sells a universal remote controller that works over WiFi for $99, but it only appears to support iOS at this time. I suspect Android support is on the way and hopefully Peel can add support for Google TV so no additional equipment is need.

Only 5,000 Android users have installed the app, so be sure to go grab it and send in your feedback. What kind of features would you like to see in the ultimate smart remote app?

Update: According to Hong the “droid dude at peel”, Google TV integration is already underway.

 

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