Will FireTV app work on Google Play Android TV too?

DigiChainDigiChain Member, PRO Posts: 1,217

I don't own a Google Play Nexus TV box so am unable to test this myself, but would like to know if we can publish our FireTV app to Google Play as an Android TV app too?

@BlackCloakGS - will this work?



  • BlackCloakGSBlackCloakGS Key Master, Head Chef, Member, PRO Posts: 2,250

    No Google Play Nexus TV use intel atom processors. We currently only support ARM based Android devices. You can always put in a feature request.

  • DigiChainDigiChain Member, PRO Posts: 1,217

    @BlackCloakGS - thanks.. excuse my lack of knowledge on these things but I read this elsewhere:

    Intel-based devices can run the full range of Android apps, even ones that were originally written for the ARM architecture. However, if an app contains ARM-specific code, then it must be translated before it can be executed.

    Is this not the case here?

  • BlackCloakGSBlackCloakGS Key Master, Head Chef, Member, PRO Posts: 2,250
    edited April 2015

    Ok did some more reading and it looks like there is a layer that will translate the ARM binaries to some kind of intel x86 assembly so it might run. I do not have a Google Nexus TV at the office to test. You will have to try it youself.

  • DigiChainDigiChain Member, PRO Posts: 1,217

    Ok thanks @BlackCloakGS .

    I'm assuming from the lack of community response that nobody else has published a TV version to Google Play store, or tested on a Nexus TV??

  • KillerPenguinStudiosKillerPenguinStudios Member Posts: 1,291

    Hey @DigiChain,

    As I stated in one of your previous posts in regards to this, I did purchase one and attempt to play test on it but the issue is they don't have any developer section on the device to do testing. There isn't a way to put a test build on the device like you would on the fire tv or android devices so there's not really a way to test and see that it works. You would just be throwing your app out in the wild in hopes that it works. I also spent about 4 days trying to do research in being able to test apps onto it and nothing. So I returned the device.

    Also, their product is not really that good and feels really cheaply made. There isn't a big market for it like there is with all the other 4 big tv streaming boxes.

  • DigiChainDigiChain Member, PRO Posts: 1,217

    Thanks @KillerPenguinStudios
    I was mainly curious if anyone had actually just put an app out there to see if it worked. I didn't realise there wasn't much of a market for the Google Android TV... but a market is still a market!

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