Do you own an Android TV? Then you already know the definition of television has changed drastically.
Unlike the old-gen TVs, Android TVs are interactive. It carries a lot of tasks you do on your phone onto the TV. But that doesn’t mean your TV can be used to make and attend calls. Still, you can game, download apps, play music, etc.
Android TV is actually a smart TV platform that runs on your set-top box, dongle or the television set.
10 Best Android TV Apps
You can access Play Store on your Android TV and download apps, games, movies etc. Combining all those apps, I have listed the top 10 Android TV apps which you must use to explore the new world. Here you go!
Spotify needs no introduction among Android users. But I am afraid you need because it does not support some countries (India, for example).
Spotify is the most popular music streaming app for Android. But you need to be a subscriber to reap full benefits out of it. Don’t worry! You can still have it without being a subscriber.
The app wasn’t fully compatible with Android TV lately. But the recent update gave it complete support so that you can download and run the app without any issue.
So far, YouTube is one of the widely used Android TV apps. I know you have been using it on your computer and mobile device as well.
YouTube supports a smartTV platform completely without causing you any trouble. Most of the times, you don’t have to install this app manually as it comes preloaded.
You know the comfort of watching videos on a much bigger screen, don’t you? That’s why it becomes important to have it on your TV to stream videos like never before.
#3. ES File Explorer
I bet you heard this name. If you ask me for the best file manager for Android, my answer will be ES File Explorer. You can download this for your Android TV as well. This is going to be beneficial to the television sets with storage so that, you can browse through folders and files.
As ES File Explorer can classify files based on the format, you will never feel a clumsy organization.
A pro version of the same app is available with added benefits. Purchasing it would give you more features.
You are not surprised, are you?
Netflix is a popular video streaming service in the world (paid though). You need to pay a few bucks every month to keep on enjoying the videos available on Netflix. A lot of movies and TV shows are there on their platform.
Along with them, Netflix has some original stuff like Orange is the New Black and Arrested Development.
You may also read: Common Netflix Problems and Their Quick Solutions
#5. Google Drive
Maybe your Android TV lacks internal storage. In such a situation, you can seek the help of cloud storage. Google Drive is so far one of the best free cloud storage provider with a 15 GB of space. You can save files to GDrive and, browse the same on your TV. But you need the app for this.
Moreover, you can side load any app on the Android TV using Google Drive.
N. B.- Side loading means installing from external sources.
#6. Android TV Remote Control
No, it’s not a hardware thing!
Android TV Remote Control is an app that makes it easy for us to control everything on the TV. The layout is simple as it consists of the navigational buttons along with the Ok menu.
The app supports voice control and, you can choose any keyboard you want to. The best fact about Android TV Remote Control is it’s available for free to download.
#7. Sideload Launcher
Not all the apps are Android TV supported. So, you have to download APK file and install them on your own. This is what I previously referred to as sideloading. Unfortunately, sideloaded apps can’t be seen in default launcher.
That’s why you need another launcher that displays every single app without sideloading concern. You can install it and keep on sideloading anything you want. You will find it as you do any other app if you choose to go with Sideload Launcher.
Kodi is the best addition to your Android TV app list. Though Kodi can be used to see media content, you can’t place it as an alternative to Netflix for watching television.
You need to provide media files from local storage, removable media or a remote location to Kodi to make it work. Without any media file on your TV, Kodi remains as just a regular app with no use.
They have a lot of add-ons to cheer you up.
#9. 500 Firepaper
Do you like it having breathtaking wallpapers on the home screen of your Android TV? How does it feel when the wallpapers keep changing on a daily basis?
Well, 500 Firepaper does the same. It offers you live wallpapers along with regular but impeccable ones. The app is free to download with some in-app purchases.
#10. Tunein Radio
With over 100,000 radio stations, TuneIn Radio is something worth your time. It supports Android TV, and you can use this one for listening to podcasts and radio. You can download it for free from Play Store.
Considering the fact that no dedicated podcasting app hasn’t come to Android TV, using TuneIn Radio is an excellent idea.
So, you have now got 10 best Android TV apps!
I have taken conscious effort not to choose apps with the same need. Hence, you will never find it wrong even if you download all of them. Not every app is free, though! If you think you have another Android TV app favorite, feel free to reach out to me and I will include the app in this list if it’s awesome!