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"Android TV" App Mods *Leanback and FireOS Remote friendly apps modified to work on regular android*

JJ-KwiKJJ-KwiK Posts: 265WeTek Community Member
edited April 2017 in Android (Core)
As I'm sure most of you are aware, official Android TV apps are problematic. Some install, but don't work. Other's install, but refuse to display in TV mode. Amazon Fire TV apps aren't any better as they normally have Amazon App store dependencies.

I've modified a few Android TV (leanback) apps and FireTV (fireos) apps to work with normal android devices. All apps posted below are remote friendly. Most apps have been pulled from my nVidia Shield Android TV (Official Android TV) or my Amazon Fire TV, however, some have been pulled from a Sony Android TV.

I posted a quick tutorial showing how to modify Android TV and FireOS apps to work with regular Android. It's a WIP, but somewhat complete. Take a look here.

Working:
Clean Master (Amazon Fire TV version)
Problem - Only released on the Fire TV / Fire TV Stick. Had an in app check to see if amazon services were installed. The app was patched to remove any amazon checks.
Status: Working / Fixed
Link: https://mega.nz/#!74B02aLC!3qRYpa7zK45fuUQfubit2uLylqrQeoEn8DpIpZsJV8E

Crackle (Android TV version)
Problem - Could only be launched from settings. The icon/app did not display in any regular launcher. The app only had leanback launcher intent. Modified to work with a regular launcher.
Status: Working / Fixed
Link: https://mega.nz/#!C0Qw2RBB!7VrUVSkjV2jFb4sVwxc9WP7bbMiVt_plnVOMFwkWAkc

Equalizer Plus (Android TV version)
Problem - Could only be launched from settings. The icon/app did not display in any regular launcher. The app only had leanback launcher intent. Modified to work with a regular launcher.
Status: Working / Fixed
Link: https://mega.nz/#!H8xinTDa!I-NSJM2uovWOsKB33yAKfyLFvq7U4IMdZddHfsUearg

Flappy Birds Family (Amazon Fire TV version)
Problem - Only released on the Fire TV / Fire TV Stick. Had an in app check to see if amazon services were installed. The app was patched to remove any amazon checks.
Status: Working / Fixed
Link: https://mega.nz/#!mpYlkTYZ!IPpY-pH2cZSliDiGBPanPb7HdIi6ougkmdsWC5xv1f4

Fox Sports Go (Amazon Fire TV version)
Problem - Fire TV / Stick apps have in app checks for amazon dependencies/services. The app was patched to remove any amazon checks.
Status: Working / Fixed
Link: https://mega.nz/#!akJVHL5D!IFwg7xTpTNsCrcgZj2kb4RZ_5uvJEkFAuahJfdUCg6Y

Hulu (Amazon Fire TV version)
Problem - None
Status: Working
Link: http://www.apkmirror.com/apk/hulu/hulu-plus-for-android-tv/hulu-plus-for-android-tv-1-3-1-release/hulu-plus-android-tv-1-3-1-android-apk-download/

ITV Hub (Amazon Fire TV version)
Problem - Only released on the Fire TV / Fire TV Stick. Had an in app check to see if amazon services were installed. The app was patched to remove any amazon dependencies.
Status: Working / Fixed
Link: https://mega.nz/#!C0ZykJSb!IxOYC1w7CLCgkRGshT2VEdZ_j3fBU4BJQLbZsTXkjWg

Madefire (Android TV version)
Problem - Could only be launched from settings. The icon/app did not display in any regular launcher. The app only had leanback launcher intent. Modified to work with a regular launcher.
Status: Working / Fixed
Link: https://mega.nz/#!z5RXDJ4A!chVSKYuRVd2M1Ipe_KWfvTqChTSbIyPFD5D2V9I7kTw

Netflix (Android TV version)
Problem - Non-android TV boxes are blacklisted.
Prerequisites - Clear Netflix's data/cache. Uninstall all other versions of Netflix installed on your device.
Status: Working / Fixed
Link (Thanks @wrxtasy): 2.50 - https://mega.nz/#!Y4g0DYbR!UoAeb2M9UDdsjVIe5_xY9dTfHQNKtfpoxS3HisMk1_c
Link (Thanks @chisposeti): 3.2.2 - https://mega.nz/#!J4olnYLJ!9RpZ7Uwy3uIB1wd6-0FTspe0N8_NbUgbx23UA-xgMF4
Link (Thanks @chisposeti): 3.3.1 - https://mega.nz/#!YpBH3bZI!Pkx8NbCx_yY9LHoIbZzZUpTn-Fw1xctOtYfMqwVjSkg



Opera Browser (Sony Android TV version)
Problem - Could only be launched from settings. There wasn't a regular app icon built into the app. This version has been modified to add a regular icon to the app and to modify the manifest to include regular launcher intent. The browser's homepage has also been changed from Sony.com to Google.com.
Status: Working / Fixed
Link: https://mega.nz/#!Lp4RwarB!53GVkO1SGMwGN6gkqOv221OnzW2xLCzKZGk_R9mH93A

Rai.TV (Android TV version)
Problem - Could only be launched from settings. There wasn't a regular app icon built into the app. This version has been modified to add a regular icon to the app and to modify the manifest to include regular launcher intent.
Status: Working / Fixed
Link: https://mega.nz/#!u9QxQYqC!fsQEKR-HxlQi-YZOUx9leip1a_v5fLQy5ZiX4hIOEiU

RTVE (Android TV version)
Problem - None. Extracted from my nVidia Shield TV. Zero modifications were needed.
Status: Working
Link: https://mega.nz/#!GkIElZbJ!nM7E1eAydCfdS9hkceeYQMqAXSEmVQyyez5asXGBl94

SnagFilms (Amazon Fire TV version)
Problem - Only released on the Fire TV / Fire TV Stick. Had an in app check to see if amazon services were installed. The app was patched to remove any amazon dependencies.
Status: Working / Fixed
Link: https://mega.nz/#!ytwUjS7K!4OhBPIVLdPdvJVp8FxLJ3HzgV6oAXHJyym0dHgzl1vs

Spotify (Amazon Fire TV version)
Problem - Only released on the Fire TV / Fire TV Stick. Had an in app check to see if amazon services were installed. The app was patched to remove any amazon checks. This apk was modified by utjduo.
Status: Working / Fixed
Link: https://mega.nz/#!654EXDIa!2lol9PN-DzmmB8cptSC5ncmv3NAZZMBxmXRVqynMIzs

SVT Play (Android TV version)
Problem - Could only be launched from settings. There wasn't a regular app icon built into the app. This version has been modified to add a regular icon to the app and to modify the manifest to include regular launcher intent.
Status: Working / Fixed
Link: https://mega.nz/#!j4wEEAQR!O6O-Ek59uE6mMW0oeBvM_wZQ-UHgC11llpr6TggsHFk

Task Manager
Problem - Aesthetic. Added a banner to the app.
Status: Working / Fixed
Link: https://mega.nz/#!C8w1jbyC!JXaJcv5RbCD9Capm33pvCvZSCxEBVQlIBEo4aJSLxko

TED (Android TV version)
Problem - None. Extracted from my nVidia Shield TV. Zero modifications were needed.
Status: Working
Link: https://mega.nz/#!H9ZnDJIQ!dZ7V0epsZQlaf1mOk2h8yA0lRjgwCB4_1znFw7gml2o

The Weather Network (Android TV version)
Problem - Could only be launched from settings. There wasn't a regular app icon built into the app. This version has been modified to add a regular icon to the app and to modify the manifest to include regular launcher intent.
Status: Working / Works perfectly fine, but crashes at uninstall.
Link: https://mega.nz/#!G052GYSR!bfWutgsR8k5RWhKwnHoPVsCszZzjYDg7Q26UgZ0BfBo

TuneIn Radio (Android TV version)
Problem - Both the standard version and the Android TV version of the app are stored within the app. The app detects the version of android being run, and launches the appropriate version. This version is modified to force launch the android tv version.
Status: Working / Fixed
Link: https://mega.nz/#!qhgH0KYb!mlPxg_GytpjcSSamG5IYyabk5I0VlJ-v3UbvrUxl4Yc

Twitch (Android TV version)
Problem - Could only be launched from settings. The icon/app did not display in any regular launcher. The app only had leanback launcher intent. Modified to work with a regular launcher.
Status: Working / Fixed
Link: https://mega.nz/#!XsQxiRTB!oJPo2fP5TKaoq1-TAMe82Ank_zPV0rK6RYC8nu3PqP4

UFC (Android TV version)
Problem - Could only be launched from settings. The icon/app did not display in any regular launcher. The app only had leanback launcher intent. Modified to work with a regular launcher. Removed the recomendation service that was spamming dropdown notifications.
Status: Working / Fixed
Link: https://mega.nz/#!G8B02Zxb!fqr045mK2y_KYErPeggzEVSVH5icTPUqL1TcN6aKy_8

WatchESPN (Android TV version)
Problem - Could only be launched from settings. The icon/app did not display in any regular launcher. The app only had leanback launcher intent. Modified to work with a regular launcher.
Status: Working / Fixed
Link: https://mega.nz/#!GlAxxYyJ!NyxIss58AiYH8xZyYIAO3rmaJJEKUU12jsTB_baxcDs

Not working - Here are the TV/Remote friendly apps that I could not get to work:
- All 4 (Fire TV - Black screen after the splash screen)
- Amazon Instant Video (Android TV - Crashes at launch)
- Any official Google Android TV App (Google TV/Movies, Google Music, Google App etc...)
- BBC iPlayer (Android TV - Missing framework | Fire TV - Defaults to phone/Tablet version)
- Demand 5 - (Fire TV - The app does not fit the screen and it will not play video)
- Glitch TV (Fire TV - Only audio works when playing any video)
- HBO Go / HBO Now (Android TV and Fire TV - The app works, but refuses to play video)
- Plex (Android TV - Unable to force leanback mode) Work around FOUND HERE.
- Plex Server (Android TV - Crashes)
- Pluto TV (Android TV - Crashes at launch | Fire TV - Crashes at launch)

Requests - Currently taking requests. I will not test/download a paid Android TV/FireOS app unless a donation is given in the amount of the app (I won't pay for it) and proof is provided that you have paid for the app. (Send me a pm for paid app requests)

Requests on hold. I am in the middle of moving. I will pick back up once I am finished and have more free time. I have posted a tutorial, which is worth checking out.
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Comments

  • ssh_errorssh_error Posts: 82WeTek Community Member
    edited April 2016
    Thanks for the TuneIn Radio apk.

    What are you using to mod the apps?
  • JJ-KwiKJJ-KwiK Posts: 265WeTek Community Member
    I decompile the apks and manually modify what's needed. Just trial and error.
  • JJ-KwiKJJ-KwiK Posts: 265WeTek Community Member
    Added Spotify - Works great with a remote. :)
  • wrxtasywrxtasy Posts: 1,221WeTek Community Member
    I've been needing TuneInRadio for a while now. Thx JJ-KwiK !
  • scasaleiroscasaleiro Posts: 44WeTek Community Member
    So no chance for Google for Android TV right?

    Also, could you make TED app for TV to work?

    Thanks so much for the good work :smiley:
  • scasaleiroscasaleiro Posts: 44WeTek Community Member
    Sorry, to bother you, but Spotify keeps on splash screen, with the spotify logo and the three dots below. Do you have any idea what it might be? :/

    Thanks in advance
  • QuadbeatQuadbeat Posts: 188WeTek Community Member
    Nice work @JJ-KwiK B)
  • JJ-KwiKJJ-KwiK Posts: 265WeTek Community Member
    @wrxtasy - Not a problem man. I wish I could get my hands on the firetv version. The layout is a lot nicer than the Android tv version.

    @scasaleiro - I'll try modifying Ted tonight.
    I actually tried the Google app. It just crashes. I want to try one more thing, but no promises.
    As for Spotify - I'm not able to replicate the problem. Try clearing the app cache/data?

    @Quadbeat - I'm glad you like it.
  • nilleiznilleiz Posts: 79WeTek Community Member
    Great, been waiting for a list of that.

    Maybe you could add the Netflix A-TV app in your list, even though you didnt touch it.
    For others to just have it in one place.

    Will try the spotify app tonight. Does it support spotify connect? (remotecontrol from any other spotify client with the same account signed in)

    Greetings
  • wrxtasywrxtasy Posts: 1,221WeTek Community Member
    Netflix (Android TV version)
    Specially modded to run on WeTek Core devices only due to specific Core only DRM/HDCP Keys requirements. Much faster than Google Play version to ramp up to 1080p resolution.

    PreRequisites before install: Uninstall all other Netflix Apps, and clear Netflix cache just to be sure.
    Status: Working, may crash the first time launched. Fine thereafter.

    Issues: Geo blocking crackdown in full force by Netflix currently, your Smart DNS / VPN may not work properly. You may have to re-login every now and again as well.

    Link: https://mega.nz/#!k5MDlKRb!MrHtv_VfkToAqu2KMKP6kIUTv2EbxVcdCQMzLPawDEU
  • juan_redondojuan_redondo Posts: 6WeTek Community Member
    Spotify apk works great with Spotify connect!
  • scasaleiroscasaleiro Posts: 44WeTek Community Member
    @JJ-KwiK Tried all of that, even uninstalled and installed again and nothing. The app just keeps on the loading screen. :/

    But thats the only app that don't works, the others are working flawlessly :smiley:

    @juan_redondo Have you done anything special to make spotify app to work?
  • JJ-KwiKJJ-KwiK Posts: 265WeTek Community Member
    edited April 2016
    nilleiz said:

    Great, been waiting for a list of that.

    Maybe you could add the Netflix A-TV app in your list, even though you didnt touch it.
    For others to just have it in one place.

    Will try the spotify app tonight. Does it support spotify connect? (remotecontrol from any other spotify client with the same account signed in)

    Greetings

    I just added Netflix to the list. I don't mind adding working apps to the list. I haven't had a chance to test Spotify connect, but @juan_redondo confirmed that it's working below.


    Thanks @wrxtasy for the working Netflix link. I don't use the service, so I was going to have to look for it. Do you know who made the original modification? I'd like to credit in the O/P.

    Spotify apk works great with Spotify connect!

    Thanks for testing it man.

    @JJ-KwiK Tried all of that, even uninstalled and installed again and nothing. The app just keeps on the loading screen. :/

    But thats the only app that don't works, the others are working flawlessly :smiley:

    @juan_redondo Have you done anything special to make spotify app to work?

    Try clearing cache/data, then uninstall it. Reboot your device. Maybe the download became corrupt somehow? Try redownloading it and installing the newly downloaded version.

    I also just added TED to the list.
  • scasaleiroscasaleiro Posts: 44WeTek Community Member
    @JJ-KwiK Ted app is awesome and working perfectly thank you so much :smiley:

    However Spotify does not want to work on my core, tried everything and everything failed, including your tips. I think I'll just give up :/ But thanks anyway for your effort and amazing work ;)
  • JJ-KwiKJJ-KwiK Posts: 265WeTek Community Member
    This is just a thought, and shouldn't be required because it's been patched out, but you could try installing the Amazon appstore. It was an app requirement before being patched out.
  • scasaleiroscasaleiro Posts: 44WeTek Community Member
    JJ-KwiK said:

    This is just a thought, and shouldn't be required because it's been patched out, but you could try installing the Amazon appstore. It was an app requirement before being patched out.

    Where can i get it?
  • JJ-KwiKJJ-KwiK Posts: 265WeTek Community Member
  • wrxtasywrxtasy Posts: 1,221WeTek Community Member
    edited April 2016
    JJ-KwiK said:


    Thanks @wrxtasy for the working Netflix link. I don't use the service, so I was going to have to look for it. Do you know who made the original modification? I'd like to credit in the O/P.

    I would make something up, lets just give credit to a fictitious bloke called "Skunkworks" ;) ;)
  • juan_redondojuan_redondo Posts: 6WeTek Community Member
    @scasaleiro: nothing especial need to be done with spotify connect. Open the app on Core, open app on mobile, search and play your song and select Wetek Core as device. Follow the spotify guide: https://support.spotify.com/en/learn-more/guides/#!/article/spotify-connect
  • scasaleiroscasaleiro Posts: 44WeTek Community Member
    @JJ-KwiK Didn't work out :/

    @juan_redondo I was speaking on the app only, as the spotify app for tv doesn't pass the splash screen
  • nilleiznilleiz Posts: 79WeTek Community Member
    Spotify seems to be to displayed zoomed. I have to scroll through the interface with the remote mouse to see everything.
    Why is that? Can I fix it?
  • JJ-KwiKJJ-KwiK Posts: 265WeTek Community Member
    edited April 2016
    @scasaleiro - Well I'm stumped.

    @nilleiz - It shouldn't be zoomed. That's odd. What are your display settings?

    I'm not able to reproduce either of the issues on my end, so I'm not sure what the problem is.

    Can anyone else confirm if the app is working for them?
  • scasaleiroscasaleiro Posts: 44WeTek Community Member
    @JJ-KwiK Yeah nevermind, i guess i'll use the tablet app. But thanks for all the help anyways ;)
  • JJ-KwiKJJ-KwiK Posts: 265WeTek Community Member
    Were you using the tablet app prior to trying the modified version I posted? Did you have them installed side by side?
  • scasaleiroscasaleiro Posts: 44WeTek Community Member
    @JJ-KwiK I had the tablet app before, yes, but i did uninstalled it before installing the tv one.
  • scasaleiroscasaleiro Posts: 44WeTek Community Member
    edited April 2016
    @JJ-KwiK Sorry to bother you again, but can you get The Weather Network TV App and VLC for Android TV?

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pelmorex.WeatherEyeAndroid.tv&hl=pt_PT

    Thanks so much again !
  • ssh_errorssh_error Posts: 82WeTek Community Member
    edited April 2016
    @scasaleiro
    The beta version of VLC lets you change to an Android TV interface that is 100% compatible with the WeTek Core remote.

    You firstly need to join this Google+ community and then becoming a tester on the Play Store.

    The full details are at this Android Police article.

    @JJ-KwiK
    Are you aware of this LeanBack Launcher App Bank?
  • JJ-KwiKJJ-KwiK Posts: 265WeTek Community Member
    edited April 2016
    @scasaleiro - Did you clear cache/data from the original tablet Spotify app prior to uninstalling it?

    I guess I don't need to pull vlc (thanks @ssh_error) , but I'll pull the weather app.


    @ssh_error - I wasn't aware of the lb launcher app bank, but it seems to mostly be the opposite of what I'm doing. I'm adding regular launcher support to leanback only apps; they're adding leanback support to regular apps. I think they're only adding a banner and leanback intent to the manifest to get it to show up in the leanback launcher's home screen. The apps aren't optimized to work with a remote, are they? Or am I overlooking something? ☺
  • JJ-KwiKJJ-KwiK Posts: 265WeTek Community Member
    @scasaleiro - Posted the weather network app.Works perfectly fine. It crashes when you try to uninstall the app. Works fine and uninstalls.
  • scasaleiroscasaleiro Posts: 44WeTek Community Member
    @JJ-KwiK Yes i did clear everything

    And thanks for the weather app ;)
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