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 […]

For many experienced Android tinkerers, they have switched to a third-party launcher that enables a variety of customizations and control over the look and feel of their homescreen. One of the biggest parts of “look” is the icon pack. By downloading one, available as an app, the user is able to swap all of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Android TV is one of many smart TV platforms in its infancy. While TVs themselves have existed for many decades, integrating a more robust operating system into them and adding an open application platform has created a huge realm of unexplored opportunities. Although there have been a handful of developers which have taken advantage of […]