New Website Allows for Quick Compilation of Apps with Banner

To get an Android app to appear in the Android TV launcher, the developers need to add an activity for the

LEANBACK_LAUNCHER

and define a banner. This doesn’t mean the app will support TV entirely; DPADs and media playback aren’t guaranteed to work. However, this allows apps to have a quick shortcut for users.

While developers may not immediately make these changes, there are a few ways for users to get these shortcuts. They could use a desktop program, apk2tv, use a mobile app like AppCloner, create a second app that acts as a pointer to the first, or use this newly launched website.

ATV-Launcher Apps

The site, called Generator for ATV-Launcher Apps, is fairly straightforward. You set a few basic properties for the app: the banner you want to use, whether it’s an app or game, and the package name. When you click the “Generate APK” button, it will download the apk from the Google Play Store, make the necessary manifest modifications, resign the apk, and download it for you to sideload.

It works similarly to the other programs, although now you can do it from the comfort of your browser. It simplifies the experience for some people. However, a much better solution is for developers to actually add support for TV. If they’re seeing their app being downloaded and manipulated, it shows that users are willing to go to far lengths for your app and support may be a high priority.

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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  • NashGuy

    Just Watch is an Android app that would be a good candidate for this sort of Android TV-ification.