Sideload Applications to Android TV Thanks to Chainfire

Sideload Applications to Android TV Thanks to Chainfire

Android TV played quite a major roles at this year’s Google I/O’s keynote. We didn’t have to wait long to see the first Android devices designed specifically to work with TVs. One of the most exciting Android TV devices is the recently launched Google Nexus Player, which was introduced alongside Lollipop and other Nexus devices.

Google added a requirement that every existing application that is to work on Android TV must be declared as compatible by the app’s developer(s). Such a situation is far from perfect, because users often can’t use their favorite applications or games even if they actually work with Android TV but aren’t officially tested. Luckily, there are a few folks on XDA who routinely make the impossible possible. One of them is XDA Senior Recognized Developer and Senior Moderator Chainfire. His intervention was needed, and after two hours of coding, he wrote a launcher that allows you to sideload applications to Android TV.

With Sideload Launcher, you will be able to run some applications (not every app, since there are some compatibility issues with some) directly on the screen of your TV. If you own (or plan to own) an Android TV device, especially the Google Nexus Player or ADT-1, installing this launcher is a must.

You can find download links and more information by visiting the Android TV Sideload Launcher application thread.

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Tomek Kondrat
Tomek Kondrat

In his 30's. Joined XDA in 2011 and the portal in 2013. Senior Moderator and Developer Committee Leader. Android enthusiast that needs to have his devices rooted. Likes football (the real one), travels, TV shows, Kodi, post-rock and good food.Contact: [email protected]