The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer has confirmed that it plans to end the Sense TV app in favour of Peel from 30 April 2015. The service has been running for around two years but as it is already powered by Peel, users shouldn’t notice a whole lot of difference.
The app transforms your phone into a remote control and electronic program guide (EPG), linking your smartphone to your TV via the IR blaster on the top of your device.
Not only does the app control your TV but it also shows you information about the show you’re watching as well as suggesting shows it thinks you might be interested in, based on the shows you’ve accessed via the app.
HTC will be removing the app from the Google Play store on 30 April and will advise users to download and use the free Peel Remote Control app instead.
HTC has not revealed why they are shutting down the service, but the volume of sales may have something to do with it.
If you want to find out HTC’s new range of speakers, wearable tech and virtual reality, check out Android magazine issue 49, available in shops and online here now.