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An Android user can now use their smartphone to get applications onto some of their TVs

An update Android app install screen. (Source: Reddit)
An update Android app install screen. (Source: Reddit)
Some Android TV users on Reddit have noticed that their big-screen devices are now appearing as connected devices when it comes to installing Google Play Store apps on their smartphones. This means the mobile devices can now be used to "tell" the TVs in question which apps to load as well as what content to display.

A handful of users have taken to Reddit to chronicle an interesting new feature they have noticed in their versions of the Google Play Store app. It seems the smartphone owners can now also see their connected Android TV devices as a destination for a new app install.

This potentially useful upgrade means that the TV or streaming box in question can behave more like any back-up phone connected to a given user's main Google account. Accordingly, the primary device can be used to select and complete the installation of a new app in practically one move.

This might be much more convenient than having to go into the TV's interface to make a new app appear on that kind of device, depending on the manufacturer. Unfortunately, the feature is yet to be seen by a widespread pool of Android users as yet, suggesting that it remains mostly server-side from Google's perspective for now. Hopefully, it will become part of a new stable Play Store or Play Services update soon.

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Some screens of the new feature at work across phones and TVs. (Source: Reddit via MySmartPrice)
Some screens of the new feature at work across phones and TVs. (Source: Reddit via MySmartPrice)

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-11-16 (Update: 2021-11-16)