Twitter Live Officially Launches on Android TV

About two months ago Twitter launched a new app for the Fire TV. It was a compilation of all of their video services: Twitter’s live video partnerships with the NFL, Periscope, and the now defunct Vine.

The Twitter Live app for Fire TV (on left) and Twitter for Android TV (on right)
The Twitter Live app for Fire TV (on left) and Twitter for Android TV (on right)

At the time of the app’s launch, it could be sideloaded to an Android TV and work exactly like you’d expect from an Android TV app. It even had a banner and appeared on the homescreen. This seemed to suggest the app would be launching on Android TV soon. Now, it has just arrived on the Google Play Store, with a version already uploaded to APK Mirror.

Twitter notifications

It’s very much like the Fire TV app, although slightly more refined in its UI. For example, the live shows category is not shown when there are no live streams. Also, Vine has been removed from the app. This isn’t just a simple port of the Fire TV app, as this app also adds recommendations. However, the transitions are still a bit janky and while it’s a good start there’s still a lot that can be done.

You can download it for free on Google Play. A Twitter account is not necessary to use, and there’s not even a place for personalization through logging into an account.

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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  • Celso Rodrigues

    Just saw an article about this on The Verge with the tagline “A platform nobody uses has an app for something nobody watches”.

    They are a good source of news, but they can be really biased sometimes…

    • Kawshik Ahmed

      Yes, TechCrunch‎ is also similarly biased. They reviewed the Mi Box and today and said the only bad thing about this box is it runs Android TV -_-

      Then they recommended to buy a Apple TV or Fire TV !!! But there are tons of misinformation in their article. Fortunately in the comment section everybody is taking side toward the Mi Box and Android TV.

  • Mr. Wolf

    Hey!! play store wont allow me to download it 🙁 do you know why?