While we strongly believe that Android TV is the best operating system for your smart TV or streaming experience, it’s not perfect.
One of its downsides is the reduced size of the Google Play store. If you sign into the Play Store with your Android TV, you’ll find fewer apps than you have on your smartphone.
Compatible with Android TV apps
Any Android app will run on the Android TV operating system. However, you may find that navigation is tricky; apps are not necessarily compatible with the input buttons on the TV remote.
For these hard-to-navigate applications, you have three options:
- Use game controller: game controllers have more input buttons and are thus more likely to work.
- Use the smartphone app. Some Android TV devices, such as the Nvidia Shield, have a smartphone app that you can download and use.
- Use keyboard and mouse. If your Android TV device has a USB port or supports Bluetooth, you can use a keyboard and mouse.
Some Android TV devices come with their own gamepad. Xbox and PlayStation controllers may also work.
1. Google Chrome
Chrome doesn’t come pre-installed as a native app on Android TV devices; the operating system does not have a browser.
Several browsers are available through the Android TV Play Store, but if you’re already a Chrome user, it makes sense to download its APK. Depending on your Android TV device, you can also install it from the Play Store on your desktop computer.
You can import all the usual stuff into Chrome on Android TV, including your bookmarks and browsing history.
Unfortunately, Google Chrome is one of the applications that you will find it difficult to work in without one of the previously discussed alternative navigation systems.
Download: Chrome (free)
One of the best app stores for Android, F-Droid is a fork of Aptoide.
There are many different versions of the Aptoide app, so be sure to download the Android TV APK when downloading from the company’s website.
Download: Aptoide (Free)
Minecraft is available for Android on the smartphone version of the Google Play Store, but you won’t find it on the Android TV version. If you try to install it from a desktop browser, you will see that your Android TV device is grayed out.
However, fans of the game will be grateful to know that the smartphone version of Minecraft is seamlessly transitioning to Android TV.