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Chainfire’s Sideload Launcher makes it easier to launch sideloaded apps
The new Android TV interface is designed to be attractive, highly organized and will only bring us apps that are officially designed with Android TV in mind. But what if you are itching to use an app that hasn’t been updated to support the platform? The good news is that it’s pretty easy to sideload them, but the bad news is that sideloaded apps don’t show up in Android TV’s homescreen (aka Leanback Launcher).
With that in mind, Chainfire has now brought us Sideload Launcher, which is designed to let normal app launcher icons show up on Android TV. Chainfire admits that sideloading apps to Android TV isn’t for everybody, but he put the app together in two hours as an experiment of sorts and figured he might as well make it available for those that want to mess around and potentially expand the Android TV’s library of apps. Just keep in mind that while some apps might still look and act fine, others will be a total mess on the big screen.
You can grab the new Sideload Launcher directly from Google Play. Of course you’ll actually need an Android TV device to make use of it, though it could come in handy for those that recently ordered the Nexus Player.