Useful Android TV Apps Nobody Knows About
Useful Android TV Apps Nobody Knows About.
There is an opinion that since Android TV is an entertainment platform, then only streaming services, players, and games should be downloaded to the TV. Meanwhile, application developers are on the alert and roll out new programs, at the same time optimizing them for Smart TV. Only, unfortunately, users ignore them and bypass them. We are conducting a small educational program: we have chosen several useful applications for the TV , which you obviously did not hear about and did not expect to see. By tradition, we leave links to Google Play so that you can later find and download them to your TV.
- Device Info – utility for checking the TV
- Wolf Launcher – cool launcher for Android TV
- TV Reader – application for reading news on TV
- Dreamy – Screensaver for Android TV
- Button Mapper – remap buttons on the remote
Device Info – utility for checking the TV
Before buying a TV, we always recommend looking into the properties of the system to find out what kind of hardware is there. Usually AIDA64 is used for this, but if the utility is not at hand, try Device Info : it displays information about the processor, memory, display and other TV components . You can find out what hardware your device is built on, the resolution and refresh rate of the screen, how much RAM is installed and who is the manufacturer.
You can run device tests to check the performance, and at the same time, the health of the speakers or the screen. The utility also allows you to view installed applications and their versions. All in all, a great alternative to AIDA64 – be sure to try it!
Wolf Launcher – cool launcher for Android TV
Tired of the standard Android TV home screen ? Change it to a custom one: we have found a truly convenient launcher for you. The interface is optimized for remote control, there is support for various widgets and other useful settings – you can customize it the way you want.
What I like is that the weather widget is located on the main screen , and the tiles with applications remain at the bottom. Thanks to this, the screen does not seem overloaded, and the system does not load too many previews. Widgets can be customized, and there is also the ability to create a backup copy of data to restore if necessary.
TV Reader – application for reading news on TV
Why watch the news when you can read it? Moreover, do it without taking out your smartphone – directly on the TV. TV Reader is a great utility for viewing RSS feeds. You can add them yourself or study the available sources. TV Reader has its own web browser built in to view pages when they are opened in this format.
So, you don’t even need to download a separate browser for Android TV . You can change the theme from light to dark to make your eyes less tired, create folders and receive email notifications. There are no ads in the app, and there are no paid subscriptions either. Use on health!
Dreamy – Screensaver for Android TV
You are sure to use Google Suggestions as a screen saver when you leave your TV on standby . The system really selects excellent screensavers – it’s better not to come up with. But here’s a great app that you should also like – Dreamy.
In fact, this is a separate library of TV screensavers with a lot of settings from unsplash.com photographers publish their pictures on it. Apple even selects some images for iOS ! The application can be used not only on a TV, but also on an Android TV set-top box like Xiaomi Mi TV Stick .
Just install one photo or a whole slideshow, manage pictures from the remote control, remove unnecessary system information, turning the TV screen into a complete picture. It is convenient that you can search for pictures by keywords, and the entire cache is loaded offline so that the data is not loaded again.
Button Mapper – remap buttons on the remote
In general, I personally have no complaints about Bluetooth remote controls from TVs. But sometimes it happens that by mistake you constantly press the wrong key, launching, for example, Google Assistant instead of the “Back” button. Now they can be remapped using Button Mapper: the utility swaps the buttons , making their locations convenient for the user.
You can program the keys for long, double or single presses, swap the volume buttons or turn them into brightness keys so as not to get into the settings once again – in general, reconfigure them to your taste. It is possible to set the application launch button to the button: for example, instead of Netflix, open Kinopoisk or Google Chrome or code it to create a screenshot of the screen . Convenient, isn’t it?