The TV App Repo was published on Google Play not too long ago as a utility for people to generate Leanback Launcher shortcuts from their non-Leanback apps. It has quickly become popular, accumulating over 2000 total installs since being listed. I’m happy to see so many people seeing benefit from this tool. However, since it launched there’s been two minor criticisms: shortcuts only had the app icon and not the banner, and all shortcuts appeared in the apps row. Those issues have been fixed.
When you select an app to generate a shortcut, there is now an “Advanced” button. The advanced options are few, but gives users some more control over how the shortcut will be presented. Users can enter the URL for a banner, and that banner will be used in the shortcut, without the app name. Additionally, users can toggle whether it is an app or a game, and the shortcut will appear in the correct section.
As you can see in the screenshot above, we’ve created a game shortcut with a custom placeholder banner. The update to version 1.0.7, now live on Google Play, provides a few value-added features that should make the app much more useful.
You can download the app from Google Play and contribute to the app’s source code on GitHub. What should be next? Website bookmarks as shortcuts? Custom folders? Icon/banner packs? Let us know in the comments below (or ideally through GitHub).