Sideload APK Android TV

Discussion in 'Mobile Phones and Media Players' started by Aqib Ali, Dec 26, 2016.

  1. Aqib Ali
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    I got a Sony 4K Smart TV and I was wondering if I could sideload APK's so I can use Showbox and emulators. Also will a Keyboard and Mouse work? Just for the web browser. My Xbox 360 controller works on it. Thanks.
     
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    Pretend you're running a regular android device. :P Sideloading will surely work and I don't see why your keyboard or mouse wouldn't either!
     
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    Yep, the mouse and keyboard work. I'm going to try installing an APK.

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    It says "file cannot be opened" when downloading an apk.
     
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    Huh that's really weird. Maybe it doesn't support the version of Android it's running?
     
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    I doubt it. Sony probably blocked APKs from being installed. So you would need to root it somehow. I found a solution for watching movies at least, showbox on my phone then screen mirror to the TV.
     
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    Didn't get an Android TV yet, but if the app is compatible for android tv OS you shouldn't have a problem to install it: use play store directly or dropbox/ES file explorer to access your APK.

    On the casting topic, you should give it a try to BubbleUpnp app, it's brilliant with streaming - definitively worth the money. Instead of mirroring and draining the battery of your device it sends the local/streaming link the TV via BubbleUpnp.

    There is plenty of information on the topic online.
     
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    I just installed Kodi on it.