Just last week, the guys behind the Peel app for iOS released their interactive TV guide for Android devices, and it doesn’t disappoint. Peel takes your boring TV guide to the next level with rich graphics and an intuitive interface. It uses a special set of algorithms to choose the best programs for you to watch. Peel’s homescreen displays your top shows. When the user chooses a particular show, they can see the channel and times that the show will be playing. Throughout the application, when browsing through different shows, you have the option to give a thumbs up or thumbs down, much like Pandora. Finally, Peel has social integration for Twitter and Facebook, so you can share your favorite shows with your friends.
So, if you’re impressed and want to try Peel for yourself, you can download it by using the box below. Now, we want to know, do you use a TV guide application on your phone? If so, what application do you use? Be sure to leave a comment! You can also check out the full press release after the break.
Peel Simplifies TV Creating a New Generation of Channel Surfing
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – July 21, 2011 – Peel, the company dedicated to changing the way you watch TV, announced today the release of their smartphone app for Android phones making it easy to find and discover favorite shows. Peel for Android displays custom tailored programming recommendations in an intuitive and elegant fashion eliminating the need to scroll through channel-listing grids.
The app’s home screen displays colorful thumbnails of “Top Picks,” or favorite shows. Touch one of the thumbnails and the app displays what channel that show is on as well as a brief description of the episode that is playing. Alternatively, users can swipe across the screen to explore more shows sorted by genre. As you interact with the app, Peel learns what you like and helps you discover new shows that suit your tastes. With that, Peel moves the channel surfing experience to the smartphone, leaving the television screen available to display programming.
“Offering Peel to Android users furthers our reach and philosophy, it’s not about what channel or network a show is on, it’s about the shows themselves,” said Greg Lindley, chief experience officer for Peel. “Peel is designed to get to the heart of what the user likes by using a unique customization engine that recommends shows based off of user interaction.”
“As the lead Android engineer for Peel I am very excited to be able to bring our application to a whole new audience,” said Hong Wu, Senior Software Engineer at Peel. “Now both Android and iPhone users can enjoy the Peel experience of show recommendation and never having to waste time channel surfing again.”
Within the app, you can set reminders, so you will never miss the beginning of a show. There is also a search feature that allows users to quickly find what network a particular game or program is on. Peel provides a social aspect as well, allowing you to share what you are watching via Facebook and Twitter.
Setting up the Peel app takes just a few minutes. Peel isolates where you are, which cable or satellite provider you are using and your basic TV preferences such as favorite show genres and sports. Once set up, the app immediately begins delivering tailored TV recommendations.
The free Peel app is available for Android users on the 2.0 operating system or higher. To download the app visit: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.peel.app
The app is also available for iPhone and iPod touch® and can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store by visiting: http://ax.itunes.apple.com/us/app/peel/id384977370?mt=8#ls=1
Peel was founded around passion for making the home entertainment experience friendlier. Combining program discovery, simple and seamless universal control and shared entertainment experiences steps beyond simple remote controls and changes the TV landscape. For more information visit http://www.Peel.com.