Browsing through installed apps on Android TV is not as user-friendly as on Android. This is because both Android TV and custom Android TV skins, such as Xiaomi’s PatchWall and OnePlus’ OxygenPlay, focus a lot on content discovery and content aggregation from different services. As a result, content recommendations dominate much of the Android TV home screen, with apps limited to a single line in the interface. In addition, the Apps section does not list all installed apps, lacks appetites and arranges apps in random order, leading to a bad browsing experience. This is where the App launcher for the TV app from the developer of EasyJoin comes in.
App launcher for TV is a simple app launcher for your Android TV that shows all available apps on your TV in an interface for the app drawer. The apps are arranged in alphabetical order and they have labels, which makes it relatively easier to browse apps on your Android TV.
I tried App launcher for TV on my TCL Android TV, and it picked up a lot of additional apps that did not appear in the Apps section of the default launcher. Another good thing about the app is that it allows you to easily open installed APK files on your TV, including those that are not built into Android TV. But the best part is that it does all this without replacing your TV’s standard launcher, so you can easily go back to your content recommendations when you feel like it.
While it may not be pretty to watch, the TV TV launcher is really quite useful, and you should definitely give it a try, especially since it’s completely free to use. You can download the app directly to your Android TV by searching for “App launcher for TV” in the Play Store. If you do not find the list, you can open the following link in the browser on your TV to download the app. Once you have installed the app on your TV, you can also use the Button Mapper app to map a key on the TV remote control to open the TV launcher for TV at the touch of a button.
Application for TV-XDA forum thread