Peel Expands into Smart Home Control

New connection modes will allow smartphone users to preset multi-device, intelligent home experiences with Peel Smart Remote app

Barcelona, Spain, 2nd March 2015 -- Peel, the Alibaba backed mobile software company that has racked up more than 100 million users of its Smart Remote app in just 30 months, has today announced that it is expanding the range of devices controlled by its app to include a variety of smart home electronics, including smart thermostats, lighting, air conditioners, locks, and other home appliances.


This announcement follows the unveiling of two flagship smartphones in Barcelona yesterday, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M9, both of which will come pre-loaded with the Peel branded "Peel Smart Remote".

"Our customers have pushed us to extend our universal remote capabilities beyond TVs, set-top boxes and other entertainment devices to include additional categories of home electronics," said Peel co-founder and chief product officer Bala Krishnan. "What they are looking for, and what we will provide, is a unified, multi-device, intelligent home experience controlled from a single smart remote app."

Peel will be previewing its new intelligent home control capabilities in its booth at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from March 2-5, as well as in a keynote delivered by co-founders Bala Krishnan and Thiru Arunachalam on March 5.

Through a range of connection modes, including IR, bluetooth and WiFi, and new interface screens, the expanded Peel app will allow users to create pre-set "Peel-in" room experiences that integrate multiple home electronics.

"A Peel-in living room experience might involve simultaneously turning on the TV and sound system, closing the blinds, adjusting room temperature and lowering the lights, all with the tap of one button," explained Krishnan.

The Peel app comes preloaded on more than half of all Android phones and tablets sold and has more than 100 million users worldwide, generating more than 7 billion remote commands a month.

Peel this week also launched its iOS smart remote solution for Europe, which includes an app localised for 30 European countries and the Pronto, a companion hardware device that connects to a user's smartphone via bluetooth and then controls their home electronics with a 360-degree infrared (IR) blaster. Pronto will be available next month for under 50 euros from major retailers throughout Europe.

Peel is a leading driver of TV tune-in both through its True Tune-in advertising products and the Peel.in platform, which is used by major TV networks, such as CBS, CNN, Fox, HBO, HISTORY, NBC, to promote their programmes via Facebook and Twitter.

Peel is a finalist for "Best Mobile Photo, Art, Video or TV App" at the 2015 GSMA Global Mobile Awards, winners of which will be announced March 3 at Mobile World Congress.

The Peel booth at MWC is located at CS180 in Congress Square.

About Peel
Peel was founded to redefine the smart home control experience by seamlessly connecting users via their mobile devices and social media with personalized TV, cable and streamed content recommendations. With more than 120 million activated users in 200 countries and 7 billion monthly remote commands, Peel is the recognized leader in intuitive program discovery, intelligent home control, and TV program interaction. For more information, visit www.Peel.com.

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