24 November 2021
Installing apps on your Android TV device is about to get a lot easier and more convenient. As spotted and shared by a Reddit user avigi, Google is finally adding the ability to install Android TV apps using one's smartphone. It is a feature that many users have been asking for a long time and it is good to see Google doing something about it.
The Reddit thread features a screenshot showing the user installing an application called MX Player. The page has the usual "Install" button but just below it, there are checkboxes to pick the device on which you want it to install. One is obviously the smartphone you are using and another one is the Android TV device paired to the Google account.
It means all you need to do is to check the box next to the Android device and that's it. This will start the app installation process on your connected Android TV device. This is certainly a big step up from the original tiresome method of searching for an app on the Android TV Play Store using a remote control.
It is important to note that Google is yet to make an official announcement about the feature's release. It is quite possible that the initial rollout is simply about testing it with randomly selected users. As and when Google decides to go for the mass rollout, we will make sure you stay in the loop.