Buying a TV with Android TV as the operating system or Google TV is an invitation to start installing apps or at least all that are compatible in the Google Play Store. Every user is different and everyone has preferences and in this article we are going to list the ones that can be among the most interesting.
Leaving aside the applications already installed such as YouTube or Netflix (these are also almost always loaded), we will not touch other specific ones such as Spotify, Disney +, HBO … which only interest those who are subscribers. Here we will see generic applications that allow you to give an additional function to the TV, applications which are not loaded by default.
If you have ever seen Apple TV wallpapers and liked them, this is your app. Aerial Dream allows you to have the screen protectors used by the Apple set-top box on your TV. An application which is also free.
The app allows you to choose the quality of the background used, from 1080p to 4K, which backgrounds we want to use and settings like waiting time or time display or the location of the images.
If you want to have the weather forecast on your TV, AccuWeather is a great option. A cross-platform weather app that you can download on Android TV and that is also free.
AccuWeather is one of the most popular and offers access to daily and even hourly forecasts, for which it uses TV geolocation to find our city. It provides access to radar and satellite images to improve forecasting in an interface suitable for television.
This application is a kind of file manager that allows transfers between TV and mobile. You need to install the version for mobile and on TV with Android TV. Easy Join is a file explorer that separates device content by categories: photos, videos, music, documents, apps and downloads.
With the app installed on both devices, just give them storage permission, choose the file on the mobile and once marked, a delivery arrow appears at the top right. After clicking the icon, the file is transferred from Android TV to phone or vice versa.
EasyJoin Go TV – Send files to Android TV from PC
File Commander is another classic application which can recall many files from Google. It offers shortcuts to images, videos, music, file conversion and other functions, whether in internal or external storage.
It can transfer files to PC via WiFi, adapts to dark and light theme, and syncs with Google Drive. It is a free app that also has a premium version that allows you to remove advertising, file encryption, and recycle bin, among others. But the free version offers a lot for the average user.
Google Drive is the application we have chosen to access data stored in the cloud and thus exchange files from your computer or mobile phone to the television.
Google Drive can be used in any browser or mobile, which means you can download files from anywhere and then view all of those files on TV.
One of the basic apps is Kodi and actually we’ve talked about it a lot here. Kodi transforms our television into a multimedia center and is highly customizable thanks to addons allowing to change the theme, screen saver …
Kodi allows access to multimedia files locally, but also to TNT with the various television channels or to connect to services such as Plex, SoundCloud or YouTube. And what’s more, it’s free.
If we were talking about Kodi before, now we are creating our own with Plex, an application with which we can access the media files we have on the computer from the TV. It recognizes all the files you have locally. It is compatible with virtually all audio and video formats.
Moreover, with Plex, we can access the files not only from the TV, but from any device that has the app installed. All you need is to install the Plex Media Server app on the computer where you have the media files you want to use, then the Plex client on your Android TV.
Side loading launcher
If you don’t like the look of Android TV, this app lets you cover two aspects. On the one hand, radically change the TV interface, and on the other hand, get access to apps that, like Chrome, you can install but are not compatible.
Sideload Launcher is an application with which you can change the appearance of your television and also do it without going through the box, since it is free and without having to use complicated processes via ADB Shell.
Side loading launcher
The mythical VLC Media Player is one of those apps that must be on any list of essential apps for any platform. It is completely free and allows you to play files saved on hard drives, devices or network transmission protocols.
It supports most of the media formats you can find including MKV, MP4, AVI, MOV, Ogg, FLAC, TS, M2TS, Wv, and AAC, and codecs are included without a separate download. Allows you to play the subtitle files that have been added with the same name as the media file.
Developer: Videlabs Download it from: Google Play Price: Free Category: Video applications