Friday, January 21, 2022

Android TV app installation through smartphone rolls out to more users globally

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Last month, we reported on Google bringing the much-needed functionality that enables users to install apps on their Android-enabled smart TVs via their smartphones.

However, the functionality was still being tested and was only available to a limited number of users.

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Now, Google has begun rolling out the feature to a broader userbase. If this is the first time that you have heard about this feature, here are its functionalities and advantages, as mentioned below.

Browsing apps on the Play Store on a smart TV is a hassle. Google is attempting to fix this issue years after the release of Android TV by allowing users to install applications from their smartphones.

With the new server-side update, users will finally be able to install an app on their Android TV devices from the Play Store on their smartphone.

The option appears only for the applications that are available on Android TV. The only requirement is that you have to be logged into the same Google Account on both the smartphone and the Android TV device.

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The feature added a drop-down menu to the Install button on the Google Play Store, which shows a list of smart devices registered to your account. You will be able to choose the device you want to install the app on from this list.

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This feature is similar to Google’s solution for the same issue related to Wear OS-enabled wearable devices.

The feature brings a breath of fresh air to Android TV owners by tackling the problem of searching for on the Google Play Store apps by typing in using the TC remote as well as the slower response time of TVs.

If you have not received this feature yet, you can manually update the Google Play Store on your device, or you may have to wait a few more days if the feature still does not show up after installing the latest Play Store update.

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