Android TV

Android TV Launcher now on Google Play

The Android TV Launcher has arrived on Google Play. A lot of people have been pushing for the program to come to Google Play and finally it's being published there. This is a response to the need to simplify apps more by unbundling related software. Instead of packing all sorts of functionality and variety in just one software, developers are now trying to simplify their stuff. The simpler, the better. People don't want to be too saturated now with other features they don't really use.

Live Channels app for Android TV listed but empty

Android TV has been around for some time and it still continues to impress people with new things. Just recently, a new app for Android TV popped up on the Google Play Store. The app is currently listed but it seems there is no content available at all. Google could just be teasing us Android fans about getting 'live TV' or maybe it was just an honest mistake. Whatever it is, we know about Google's plans --or not.

Google search app for Android TV arrives at Play Store

Because Google would really like you to use their search app – or maybe because of a totally unrelated and unspecified reason which we will probably never know – the mothership has chosen not to bundle a search function with Android TV’s interface. That function belongs to a separate Google app that is now up for downloading via the Google Play Store – even if most of us don’t have an Android TV device yet.

Nexus Player and Android TV get new sports content

Sports fans wanting another place where they can keep up with their favorite teams will be glad to hear that they can now watch live NBA games on the Nexus Player. The NBA Game time app is now on Google Play. Fans will need a NBA League Pass to watch games via the app.

Nexus Player now available, compatible games lined up

And it’s officially selling – the Nexus Player, that is. If you haven’t come across this device yet – although we’re not sure how that would be possible – this is the first Android TV set top box being pushed by Google and was manufactured by ASUS. We’ve speculated on its availability for a time now, but it’s finally available.

ASUS gamepad for Nexus Player available by late November

The Nexus Player is Google’s first real marketable offering for Android TV – with a big boost from gadget manufacturer ASUS. The Nexus Player has the specs enough to be a reliable casual gaming console as well, especially with the ability to connect Bluetooth gaming controllers. This is why ASUS’s dedicated gaming controllers for the Nexus Player – the ASUS Gamepad – may very much be in demand as the holiday season rolls in.

Chainfire unleashes Sideload Launcher for Android TV

The Android TV platform is yet to have a formal launch but already we're seeing surging interest and activity around it, which is always good for a nascent platform. First there is that unofficial port that will let you install Android TV on an OUYA. Now even SuperSU creator Chainfire is jumping in with Sideload Launcher for Android TV, a handy little utility that will unhide regular Android apps that you might have indirectly installed on Google's fancy new entertainment platform.

Excited for Android TV? Try it unofficially on the OUYA

The promise of Android on TVs has been a long and almost unreachable dream but that journey may now be at an end with Google's formal Android TV push. But while we are still waiting for the Nexus Player, the first Android TV device that isn't actually a TV, to ship, many are excited, if not curious, what this new "lean back" living room experience offers on the table. If you have an OUYA gaming console, however, you might not need to wait that long, provided you're willing to jump through hoops to get to your destination.

Android TV ADT-1 can sideload Android 5.0

Android TV, one of those niches announced back in June at Google I/O 2014 where Android plans to branch out, is also getting an update to Android 5.0 which it will most likely roll out OTA. But not just to everyone yet. We feel you when you say that it’s stressing you out waiting for the OTA update – we’ve all been there. So if you’re up for it, you can actually sideload the official update to your ADT-1 right now.
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