Peel Takes Its Smart Remote Technology Beyond the Small Screen

By Adam Flomenbaum 

At Mobile World Congress this week, Peel announced that it is entering the ‘Internet of Things’ fray, enabling consumers to use the company’s smart remote technology to control more than just their TVs.

Peel began this shift when it announced a partnership last month with Philips on Pronto, a home entertainment solution. Now, beyond entertainment devices, consumers can control smart thermostats, lighting, and air conditioners.

“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.”

The Peel app is currently preloaded on more than half of all Android phones, generating more than seven billion remote commands per month by more than 100 million people. The company also won “Best Mobile Photo, Art, Video or TV App” at the 2015 GSMA Global Mobile Awards, announced at MWC earlier this week.