The Google Play Store will now allow you to install Android TV apps directly from your phone
Deployment is now the ability to directly install compatible Android TV apps on your set-top boxes directly from the Google Play Store on your Android devices. The feature was first discovered by a Redditor called Avigi. For this person, you can see below that in his attempt to install MX Player, a popular video player that supports a variety of formats, he was presented with his Xiaomi MIBOX 4 in addition to his optional phone.
It should be noted that even though Avigi may have seen the Android TV box on the list, most users still cannot. It looks like it’s happening slowly and methodically in one of Google’s popular staged deployments.
Another user in the comments of the Reddit post points out that if the app is already installed on the phone, the Android TV device will no longer be listed via the install button drop-down menu. Instead, the user is presented with a dialog box under the installation section of the app that says “Available on more devices” and lists the TV devices there. For example, if you have already installed MX Player on your phone, but have a Chromecast with Google TV, the latter will be suggested as an additional installation location.
The ability to install compatible apps on your Chromecast or Wear OS device has been around for a long time through the Play Store web app in the browser, and its inclusion on Android phones, tablets, and even Chromebooks will make the experience multi-faceted. more natural appliances. It’s really one of the features that you would just expect to exist, but until now it has been inconsistent depending on where you’re trying to access it.
To make it all more user-friendly, some users who have already received the update see the given name of their Android TV device listed instead of its model. For example, if you named your MIBOX4 “living room TV”, you will probably see it instead. I believe Avigi just never named their device, which is why they display the factory name.