Peel Smart Remote
Universal remote for devices and smart televisions
Peel Smart Remote turns any Android phone or tablet with an IR blaster into a TV remote.
With the Peel Smart Remote, everyone in the home has a remote for every TV set in the home just by having access to a phone or tablet. These days, Android TV remote apps are fairly common, but Peel was really at the forefront of this type of innovation. They even negotiated a deal to include this app with Samsung devices based on that innovation, and this app still does things that others don’t.
The Peel Smart Remote is really simple to configure, and the app has become particularly refined in that regard in the most recent versions. It works by using IR codes, and if you have the right IR code for your TV, you can simply input it. If you don’t, don’t fret. It can scan all known codes until it finds the right one for you. The app isn’t just a simple remote. It can also provide you with a searchable, image-based directory, and it fills that based on the specific service providers you have access to.
Peel Smart Remote requires IR, so it only works with phones and tablets that have IR. The good news is that IR is quite prevalent now, but if you happen to have a device without it, you’re out of luck. There’s no alternative, such as Wi-Fi. It’s also worth noting that experience can vary greatly from one TV to the next. The developer seems to struggle to support all televisions, and if there is an issue with the particular set that you use, you may be waiting a while for a fix.
- Broad Android device support
- Simple, automated setup with your TV
- Requires an IR blaster
- Experiences between TVs can vary
- New Design
For some devices, your IR might stop working if you have Power Saving mode ON. Samsung is working on a fix. Meanwhile, to use IR, Power Saving mode needs to be turned OFF in Settings.
Performance improvement and bug fixes
Potentially dangerous permissions
- ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION: Allows an app to access approximate location. Alternatively, you might want ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION.
- ACCESS_FINE_LOCATION: Allows an app to access precise location. Alternatively, you might want ACCESS_COARSE_LOCATION.
- GET_ACCOUNTS: Allows access to the list of accounts in the Accounts Service.
- READ_CALENDAR: Allows an application to read the user's calendar data.
- READ_CONTACTS: Allows an application to read the user's contacts data.
- READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Allows an application to read from external storage.
- READ_PHONE_STATE: Allows read only access to phone state, including the phone number of the device, current cellular network information, the status of any ongoing calls, and a list of any PhoneAccounts registered on the device.
- RECORD_AUDIO: Allows an application to record audio.
- WRITE_CALENDAR: Allows an application to write the user's calendar data.
- WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Allows an application to write to external storage.
- ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE: Allows applications to access information about networks.
- ACCESS_WIFI_STATE: Allows applications to access information about Wi-Fi networks.
- BLUETOOTH: Allows applications to connect to paired bluetooth devices.
- BLUETOOTH_ADMIN: Allows applications to discover and pair bluetooth devices.
- CHANGE_WIFI_MULTICAST_STATE: Allows applications to enter Wi-Fi Multicast mode.
- CHANGE_WIFI_STATE: Allows applications to change Wi-Fi connectivity state.
- EXPAND_STATUS_BAR: Allows an application to expand or collapse the status bar.
- GET_TASKS: This constant was deprecated in API level 21. No longer enforced.
- INTERNET: Allows applications to open network sockets.
- MODIFY_AUDIO_SETTINGS: Allows an application to modify global audio settings.
- RECEIVE_BOOT_COMPLETED: Allows an application to receive the ACTION_BOOT_COMPLETED that is broadcast after the system finishes booting. If you don't request this permission, you will not receive the broadcast at that time. Though holding this permission does not have any security implications, it can have a negative impact on the user experience by increasing the amount of time it takes the system to start and allowing applications to have themselves running without the user being aware of them. As such, you must explicitly declare your use of this facility to make that visible to the user.
- SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW: Allows an app to create windows using the type TYPE_SYSTEM_ALERT, shown on top of all other apps. Very few apps should use this permission; these windows are intended for system-level interaction with the user.
- TRANSMIT_IR: Allows using the device's IR transmitter, if available.
- VIBRATE: Allows access to the vibrator.
- WAKE_LOCK: Allows using PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming.