Xiaomi, a Chinese company that makes a lot of cheap smartphones and sells more of them in China than Apple does, announced a new Internet-powered smart TV today. The TV set is called the Millet TV and it will cost the equivalent of about $500 U.S. It has a 47-inch screen that can show 3D images.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (BABA) shows no signs of slowing down, following its record breaking IPO. The company has now invested $50 million in Peel Technologies, the smart TV remote app developer. Peel specializes in converting smartphones into remote controls for televisions and air conditioners.
Tablets and smartphones dominate our mobile lives. So it makes sense that apps would break into our living rooms, too. Social networks like Twitter and Facebook always go nuts when a popular show premieres or finishes. Developers and companies are taking advantage of this phenomenon by making apps that complement the TV watching experience.
The app store phenomenon, centered on smartphones and tablets, has been the biggest story in software for the past five years. Its next logical destination: the living room, via smart TVs and set-top boxes connected to the Internet.
Weather apps are the new Twitter apps. For a time, designers put their efforts into making cool Twitter apps. Twitter apps were a way to play around with different design ideas, while still appealing to a broad base of users. Twitter basically shut down all the third party apps. It wanted to take control of its platform, so the creativity in Twitter apps is pretty much dead.