AppCloner is a popular app that lets you clone apps with a variety of different parameters, including Leanback support. When we tried it out, we were happy with the capability that was added, allowing users to create new apps that could show up in the Leanback Launcher. However, there wasn’t support for custom banners. You were stuck with the default tile that displayed the app icon and the name. While this was functional, it did not fully take advantage of Android TV’s cinematic user interface.
In the app’s support community, the developer AppListo posted information about a new update to the app that will allow users to select a 320×180 image to use as the app’s banner image. Now, when a cloned app is sideloaded to your TV, it will show up looking much like any other Android TV app. Note this is only for visual purposes. It does not change the code. Apps without support for gamepads still won’t support them. This feature will only be available to users who pay the IAP.
This makes AppCloner’s functionality on Android TV similar to the desktop program APK2TV, which was developed last November. That program decompiled an app to modify the resources and Android manifest, and then recompile it with a different signature. Now that the functionality is in an app, it should make it a lot more accessible to users.