The best launchers for Android TV

As with the desktop operating system, Android TV also allows you to change the interface by simply installing an app launcher, commonly known as “launchers”. There aren’t many available for TV and Android TV players, but there are enough to make a list of the best. We have chosen all the ones that are worth installing.

The Android TV interface hasn’t evolved excessively until last year, and it’s not that Google introduced excessive changes in its Chromecast with Google TV beyond polishing the aesthetics and adding larger images for the headers. This interface is convenient when using the remote control, it also offers a certain level of customization in the cover grid. What else do you want ? You can always choose a launcher for Android TV, let’s see which are the most recommended.

Launcher

This is the latest to arrive and the most interesting of all those currently available in the Google Play Store. Of course, you have to keep in mind that it is still under development, with what that implies; no matter how, as we see in our analysis, it works as expected.

FLauncher maintains the interface with Android TV cards while adding a higher level of customization to the cover. You can apply wallpaper, choose different categorizations for channels and apps, FLauncher lets you hide apps so the rest of the family can’t see them and show apps that are not compatible with Android TV ( those which are installed in APK and which are not developed strictly for television) with the others.

FLauncher is a very lightweight, ad-free application that is free to download. He seems to us the best in his style.

Launcher

HAL Launcher

It’s a simple replacement for the native Android TV interface that doesn’t add improved aesthetics, but the ability to launch apps not officially compatible with Android TV. HALauncher allows you to integrate all these applications in the grid, it is also customizable in interface colors, backgrounds and other aesthetic details. And with a downside: you might not be able to set it as the default startup app, so you’ll have to open HALauncher like any other app.

This launcher for Android TV is free in exchange for ads. Of course, they can be deactivated for free: go to the HALauncher settings and deactivate the “Show advertisements” option.

HALauncher – Android TV

Simple TV Launcher

The “simple” comes to the fore since this launcher is the simplest you can find: it allows you to add six of the applications installed on a somewhat coarse grid, but effective; with the ability to access all applications from their own drawer. It weighs less than a megabyte, perfect for low capacity Android TV devices.

Simple TV Launcher is ad-free, up-to-date, and open source.

Simple TV Launcher

TV Launcher – Smart – Easy to use

Another launcher without too many options that is useful if you need to clean your TV screen of unwanted items. And it basically does what its category dictates – it’s a launcher for apps you have installed on your Android TV compatible TV or player. No more no less.

TV Launcher is not very heavy, it keeps itself up to date in terms of updates, it is free and contains ads.

TV Launcher – Smart – Easy to use

Google TV Launcher

Don’t have the Google TV interface and want to try it out? It is possible to do this, although the process is a bit more complicated than downloading an app from the Play Store or installing an APK file. You have to remove the startup app that comes by default on your device, along with what that entails.

The Google TV launcher is much more visual, it is very attractive and pleasant to use. This can make your device somewhat unstable, especially if it has fairly fair requirements. And it includes Google’s recommendations: Recommended content as ads.

Other Android TV launchers

Finally, we leave you a small list of other alternatives to the Android TV docking interface. We have not included them in the recommendations because they are outdated, but they are still valid: try them before giving up their use.

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