Live Channels 1.12 Closes App by Double-Tapping Back Button

Android TV is all about media, and there are several ways to mix browsing and watching to optimize your viewing experience as much as possible. Picture-in-picture puts a video in a corner of the screen and lets another activity run behind it, a sort of multiwindow for TVs. Some video apps will continue to play in the background even when the launcher is opened. The largely transparent launcher makes it easy to browse other content and switch when you’re ready.

This can be a bit frustrating for users, who are used to apps being closed when they want. Since Live Channels continued to play, they didn’t know if they were doing something wrong or if there was a way to turn off the stream. Video can be expensive to broadcast, and that could increase Internet usage even when not being watched. It may also take up more of your precious bandwidth even when not in-use. A workaround has been to open another app, causing Live Channels to disappear, but it always seemed like a poor workaround.

With the latest version of the app, 1.12, it is now possible to close the app manually. From the homescreen, you can tap back twice. This closes the launcher, returning you to the app, and then closes the app. If you liked having this background stream, you can still use the Home button to overlay the launcher on top, and pressing back once will return you to the stream.

Your TV should already have gotten the update, but you can also get it through APK Mirror.

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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  • Tinwarble

    On the Shield I only have to press the back button once and it closes Live Channels. This is with version 1.12.005 (3615804-30). It’s been that way since the latest update to Live Channels.

    • Nick Felker

      I guess it depends on where you start from. I assume that you start from the home screen, like you would be done with the app. You tap once to return to the app, and tap once to close.

      • Tinwarble

        No, going directly from Live Channels. A single press of the back button closes Live Channels, no background playback, no playback in recommendations.

        If I press the Home button, then it operates as it did previously, with the video playing in the background and shows playing in the recommendations.

        FYI: This is also with the official Shield remote.