There are a lot of smart TV platform out there, but Android TV is one of the best. It might not be as tightly controlled Apple tvOS or as simple to use as the Roku platform, but it makes up for it with sheer customizability.
As proof, look no further than the existence of a third-party app stores. There are many applications available on the Google Play Store, but you may not find all that you need. Fortunately, all you need to do is install one or more of the following applications store and you will have more choices.
1. Amazon Appstore
If you want to install an application exclusive to Amazon, you might think you need the Fire TV, but that’s not true. Simply install the Amazon Appstore, and you will have access to many more applications. You’ll also get access to rewards, which can mean free access to applications instead be paid in the future.
Amazon Appstore is intended to run on mobile phones, but like all Android, will also run on Android TV devices. This application should be easy to navigate with your remote, but you can also use the game controller or other compatible devices with Android for easier navigation when necessary.
If you ever go looking for an open source application for your Android phone, you are probably already aware of the F-Droid. You will only find open-source software is here, but it’s one of the best third-party application store organized, you will find.
Like the Amazon Appstore, F-Droid is not built explicitly for TV. However, there are many users to provide feedback on running applications on Android TV devices, so the support is getting better all the time.
Another Uptodown is a third party App Store with an emphasis on security. Applications in this store were tested for malware, so while you can not fully trust any application, those that you find in the app store should be more secure than some other stores.
Because of its emphasis on security, Uptodown have a lower number of applications available from other stores on this list. However, if you are wary of installing potentially harmful apps, this is one of your better choice.
GetJar is an application store that not only focus on Android. This application also distributes software for iOS, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry devices, among other platforms.
GetJar is easy to browse, thanks to the categories used to sort out the application. If you’re looking for a different approach to application store GetJar Android or you remember from other platforms, this is a good choice.
If you can not find the app you’re looking at one of the other services, you can try Aptoide, an independent Android app store. Unlike many apps in this list, Aptoide even have a version built specifically to run on Android TV devices.
While Aptoide site claims that it was one of the most Android application store’s safe, you’ll want to be careful. This application works by collecting several distributors applications, and because of this you can not always be sure about the origin of the applications that you install. If you are going to use this app store, be sure to use caution.
Some people will never need to look beyond the basic applications available on the Google Play Store. It is even safe to say that most people do not need. However, if you are looking to push the boundaries of what you can do with your Android TV device, you’ll need apps are not found in the Play Store.