Apple TV’s Aerial Screensaver Ported to Android TV

Apple TV is much like Android TV, a set-top box for TVs that provide an interface powered by third-party apps. Although fans of each product may argue which is better, ultimately each one has its own advantages and disadvantages.

One really elegant feature of Apple TV is its Aerial screensaver. When the device isn’t active for a particular period of time, it switches to an elegant flyover of San Francisco at sunset or some other place, leaving some stunning imagery that looks beautiful on a TV.

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Coding Buffalo took these videos and incorporated them into the equivalent for Android. The Aerial Dream app uses the Daydream API. You can select it from a list of options in settings.

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When you first open it, it will be loading for a while. It downloads the video locally so that it doesn’t continually ping the server. Once it is finished downloading it starts to play the video, full screen. You can just sit back and watch it.

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Although the app is currently available to download, it’s hard to say for how long. As it’s using Apple’s videos, there may be a copyright takedown. The videos themselves are openly hosted by Apple, so it may be that they don’t care too much. Either way, it’s free to download right now, and it only seems to require the Internet for the initialization. Once that is done, it runs well on any device with or without Internet.

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Aerial doesn’t just include San Francisco, but many other visually interesting places:
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H/T to Charles H.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker)Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop.Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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  • Jonathan McGuire

    How much space do these videos take up?

    • The app seems to have 11MB for itself and seems to have placed 4.5 GB in the cache.