Tv App Repo Adds “Advanced” Options for Shortcuts

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).

Tv App Repo
Tv App Repo
Developer: Felker Tech
Price: Free

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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  • Allan Farrell

    excellent!!

  • Grzegorz

    If You looking for Polish site of AndroidTV, please: http://www.karczma.edu.pl
    TV App Repo There is one disadvantage – shortcuts are added only to the Programs section and not to the GAMES. In addition, the shortcuts are quite ugly and can not be edited, but the whole process of adding them is simple. Another option is the application of APP CLONER that creates shortcuts on the occasion of duplication applications. After the whole process, we delete the first installation, and leave a new one. Plus, it’s possible to edit shortcuts and their layout in the APPLICATIONS and GAMES section.

    • Nick Felker

      Yes, shortcuts have thus far only been added to Apps. This update now lets users create Game shortcuts.

      • Thomas

        Doesn’t work with game section on my Sony TV

  • nmwhit06

    This is really awesome, I’ll have to use this for Mupen64Plus!