Browsing through the apps installed on Android TV is not as easy as on Android. This is because Android TV and custom Android TV skins, such as PatchWall Xiaomi and OxygenPlay OnePlus, are very focused on content discovery and content aggregation of various services. As a result, content recommendations dominate much of the Android TV home screen, with apps limited to a single line in the interface. Also, the Apps section doesn’t list all installed apps, doesn’t have app labels, and arranges apps in random order, leading to a bad browsing experience. This is where the App launcher for TV apps from developer EasyJoin comes in.
App Launcher for TV is a simple app launcher for your Android TV that displays all the apps available on your TV in an app drawer style interface. The apps are arranged alphabetically, and display labels, which makes it relatively easy to browse the apps on your Android TV.
I tried the App Launcher for TV on my TCL Android TV, and it brought up lots of additional apps that didn’t appear in the Applications section of the default launcher. Another great thing about this app is that it lets you easily open any APK installed on your TV, including those that aren’t native to Android TV. But the best feature is that it does all of this without changing your TV’s default launcher, so you can easily return to your recommended content whenever you want.
While it may not be pretty to look at, the App Launcher for TV is certainly quite useful, and you should give it a try, especially since it’s completely free to use. You can download apps directly on Android TV by searching “App launcher for TV” on the Play Store. If you don’t find the listing, you can open the following link in a web browser on your TV to download the app. Once you have installed the app on TV, you can also use the Button Mapper app to remap the keys on your TV remote to open the App launcher for TV with the press of a button.
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