Android TV allows third-party apps to target the largest screens in your house. TVs are huge displays that are shared by the whole family, making them great for not just media consumption (watching videos) but also displaying any passive information you want. Passive displays have fascinated me for a while, since the rise of smart […]

Since Launch on Boot was first published, a number of people have wanted a feature where an app launches on waking up. I have previously looked into the issue and believed it was not feasible. After Android Central’s post on the app, I was encouraged again to work on the feature. However, after a little […]

There’s a lot of really cool websites out there, but the web has not been too compatible with Android TV. One could sideload Chrome, or a browser like Puffin TV, but the web has been treated like a second class citizen. For one, you can’t add web apps to your TV’s launcher like you can […]

This is an interesting time of the school year, as the semester dies down but finals haven’t started yet. It’s a point in time where students have a pocket of free time, and over the weekend I spent some time making adjustments to some apps to make them look nicer or work better. Launch on […]

It was many moons ago we had to get up from watching TV and walk over to the switch to turn off the light. Someone didn’t like this so that’s how we got Hue bulbs and someone else didn’t like getting up so they extended it to TV because reaching for your phone would be […]

So if you haven’t heard by now the Android Developers blog let everyone know after some feedback and low usage numbers on the iOS side that they’ll be dropping iOS support and some features existing in Play Games today. They found that there is lower usage for Gifts, Requests, and Quests. So now the next 12 […]

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 […]

THIS IS A SIGN is a new app from the developer of PuppetMaster.TV and #SIDELOADTAG. As the name implies, it turns your TV into a digital sign, making it easy to do digital signage for free with a simple interface. There is a small in-app purchase to make it more suitable for permanent installations. We […]

Back in November I published the Tv App Repo, a project that would make it easy to sideload new apps by building the sideloading experience as a native app using the Leanback interface. The idea was to slowly build a collection of apps with included Leanback shortcut apps. At the time I had to generate […]

Are you looking for a new apartment? This can be an arduous process with numerous choices, even within the same city. If you’re moving with others, then everyone will want a say in the matter. This makes Apartment Guide for Android TV an interesting choice that, while not the most efficient, makes it easy to […]

The weather app YoWindow is a very visual weather app, making it work very well on Android TV. It is “a living landscape that reflects your actual weather. For instance, if it’s raining – it rains in YoWindow.” The app requests your location and then uses that to present a nice visual window that is […]

Google Home was first announced at Google I/O back in May as an example of Google’s Assistant. Instead of just searching the web, the idea was using Google’s search engine to surface answers. This is part of an evolution of the search engine where certain queries rendered cards with answers. With Google Home, users could […]

Back in July, Brian requested Android TV support for Nest’s app in an open letter. It made sense. Nest, a Google company, would add integration with another Google product. Plus, since the Nest Cam is a video product, it fits perfectly with a streaming device like Android TV. Nest just updated the app with Android […]

Looking for a list of commands the your Google Home will understand? Since the Google Home only came out a short while ago I’ve decided it’s a good idea to have an easy to access resource to remind the community what’s achievable with this size of salsa digital assistant we call Google Home. This list […]

One of the first apps published by the Interactive Television Lab is the TV App Repo. It is designed to be the ultimate resource for sideloading apps, with a number of features that really allow it to stand out above any other option. After developing the software for the past two months, it is finally […]

NVIDIA’s GeForce now is a great service for people who don’t own a lot of games. It lets users stream games from a server with surprisingly low latency. However, for those of you who’ve already paid for a game, you may feel out of luck as your games are stuck on your laptop or gaming […]

When you first boot your Android TV, you’ll see the homescreen known as the Leanback Launcher. This launcher, made by Google, provides you with the ability to quickly open TV apps, games, and view your recommendations. For OEMs, they can add another row to place their own custom apps or recommended apps. The homescreen is […]

Google is now making a big effort toward Google Home, a device that can help connect all of the devices in your home: your phone, TV, and speakers. This is something that was mentioned earlier in October, and now the update is rolling out on the Play Store. Right now the app has had a […]

#SIDELOADTAG is an app from the developers of PuppetMaster.TV which uses TinyUrl shortlinks to quickly install apps on your phone or on your Android TV. Instead of dealing with copying a file onto a USB drive or using Google Drive, you just type in a short, 6-character tag in a dialog box to download and […]

Sony is now featuring Tellybean on the app home screen of Android TVs in India. This, combined with the recent release of Tellybean Video Calling app for Android phones, is a huge milestone for Tellybean. According to Tellybean India is their biggest market thus far. With achievements such as the ones listed below I think it’s the start […]