Tellybean has done a great job of building an Android TV app that has been critically praised. When it won an TV app development contest hosted by Philips, the judges praised it for its innovative solution to a problem.
For those of you who haven’t heard of Tellybean, it’s a free app that allows users to make video calls from their TV. Being able to see people on a big screen creates a laid back experience that can work great for groups of people, and is made easily accessible to anyone from the comfort of your couch. With the addition of a Logitech webcam or your phone, you can call anyone from your TV or from the web.
The company has been working on this platform since Android TV was announced at Google I/O in 2014. Tellybean just announced in an email to their customers that they are partnering with Philips to bring the app pre-installed to all of their Android TVs. This will extend their customer base to millions of new users who will be able to start making video calls from their TV in the next couple of weeks.
Existing TVs, running Android TV, will receive Tellybean through a software update and new TVs will have Tellybean pre-installed.
The app is available for free on the Google Play Store for any Android TV device. Using it on phones and tablets is not supported yet, but they say it should be soon. A lot of the mobile project should already exist through their Android TV app, so it shouldn’t take long to see that update. With thousands of users so far, it looks like Tellybean’s platform will continue to be successful. They’re currently competing for a TV Connect award and should see the results of that soon as well.