Google is reportedly rolling out the ability to download Play Store apps to Android TVs from smartphones. This capability is deployed as a server-side update and not all users can see it immediately. However, several users are now reporting that they have received this new ability to install apps on their Android TV directly from their phone. This capability has been available on the web version of Google Play for some time now to allow it to push apps to Chromecasts and Shield TVs. The functionality has also been extended to smartphones.
Several users have taken to Reddit to report the arrival of this ability to download apps from smartphones for Android TVs. For those who have received this ability, new options are placed under the install button. Users can click if they want to install on the phone or on an Android TV running on the same Google account. If an app has been installed on all devices, Google marks the app as “Installed on all devices”. Likewise, if the app is downloaded to the phone, but not to Android TV, it will ask users to install it on the TV with an install button next to the name of the TV.
Gadgets 360 was unable to verify the new feature on Google Play. Android Police reports that this is a server-side update and that not all phones will have immediate access to these new options. This could probably work for Chromecast with Google TV and compatible Android TVs.
Chromecast with Google TV was announced in October, with 4K HDR support and a dedicated remote. The new Chromecast was more akin to Amazon Fire TV as it brings an Android TV interface and not just the ability to stream media to your TV. It supports 4K HDR up to 60 fps, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Vision, DTSX, HDR10 + and H.265 streams.
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