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How to sideload any application on Android TV

How to sideload any application on Android TV

An Android-powered TV or media box will come pre-loaded with various streaming clients and maybe a few utilities, and there are more apps in the Play Store. But this is Android, and that means you can sideload almost whatever you want. However, getting APKs on your TV won't be as quick or easy as getting them on your phone. Command-line enthusiasts can always use ADB, but there are simple wireless file-sharing tools that make the process much simpler. Here are the best ways to sideload APK files onto any Android TV device.

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Wear OS is making app sideloading much more difficult

Wear OS is making app sideloading much more difficult

According to an email Google is sending out to Wear OS developers, sideloading apps that aren't available on the Play Store is about to get a lot more complicated starting March 10. You'll no longer be able to sideload apps from your phone via the Play Store -> Apps on your phone section on watches, making it next to impossible to add unapproved apps to your watch without turning to tools meant for developers, like the Android Debug Bridge (ADB).

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Here's why some Google app updates can’t be sideloaded on Android 11

Here's why some Google app updates can’t be sideloaded on Android 11

When the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G were released, Google also updated a few of its first-party apps — the Camera and the Recorder, to be specific. But when people with older Pixel phones tried to sideload these to their phones, some ran into an odd INSTALL_FAILED_VERIFICATION_FAILURE error message even though the cryptographic signature matched and there should've been nothing standing in the way. We quickly found a workaround, but we never really understood why the error was popping up in the first place. Thanks to an investigation by our friends over at XDA, we now have an idea of what causes the problem.

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Our 10 favorite Chrome and Chrome OS features from 2020

Our 10 favorite Chrome and Chrome OS features from 2020

2020 was (well, as of writing, still is) quite a crazy year, and that craziness also had a huge impact on the tech industry. The internet is gradually becoming more divided across countries, the trade war that completely changed Huawei's phone business is raging on, and the global pandemic affected both hardware and software release cycles — you might remember that Chrome and Chrome OS updates were temporarily paused when everyone started working from home.

Despite all that, there were also a lot of good things happening in tech: Foldables have matured and are headed for mainstream, budget phones don't suck anymore, Android has received tons of helpful features, and Chrome and Chrome OS have also benefitted from a lot of great developments.

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How to sideload any application on Hisense smart TVs

How to sideload any application on Hisense smart TVs

Televisions, streaming sticks, and set-top boxes with Android TV have access to millions of applications through the Google Play Store. However, there are some situations where you might want to sideload your own applications (APKs). Maybe you want the latest app updates quicker than the Play Store rolls them out, or you want to try an application that isn't officially available for your specific device.

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(Update: OTA coming to more devices) November security patch still hasn't rolled out to many Pixel 4 devices

(Update: OTA coming to more devices) November security patch still hasn't rolled out to many Pixel 4 devices

The November Android security patch has been out for a week now, but it still isn't available for many unlocked Pixel 4 units. Affected owners report that their phones falsely state everything's up to date when checking for updates in Settings, even though this should force software onto your device right away these days. Savvy users trying to flash the OTA file manually are also interrupted by an error message.

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Google plans to add another way for developers to sideload Android apps on Chromebooks

Google plans to add another way for developers to sideload Android apps on Chromebooks

Google recently has revealed that sideloading Android apps on Chromebooks might be a bit easier for Android developers in the future, though it still won't be as simple as it is on an Android phone. Based on the news, which was first spotted by About Chromebooks, the feature may land as soon as Chrome OS 80, but the details currently provided make it clear this is a developer-targeted feature. In other words, you probably won't be installing Fortnite on your Chromebook any time soon.

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How Android App Bundles and Dynamic Delivery will change the way your phone gets its software

How Android App Bundles and Dynamic Delivery will change the way your phone gets its software

Installing an app from the Play Store is an almost magically streamlined experience: You find the app you want, tap “Install,” and sit back while Google takes care of the rest. But behind the scenes there's some clever business going on to make sure that your phone gets the particular version of an app that's best suited for it. That process is now getting even more complicated as Google introduces something called the Android App Bundle and a process known as Dynamic Delivery. Let's take a look at what's changing, and how this is going to affect you.

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Chrome OS may soon allow sideloading Android apps without Developer Mode

Chrome OS may soon allow sideloading Android apps without Developer Mode

When it comes to installing applications from outside the Play Store, Chromebooks are at a disadvantage. On normal Android devices, all it takes is enabling 'Apps from Unknown Sources' in the settings (or doing it on a per-app basis on Oreo). Unfortunately, sideloading APKs on Chromebooks requires enabling Developer Mode, which disables boot verification and other security features. It also requires users to press a key combination when you boot up (on most models) - Google really doesn't want you enabling it.

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Google Has Updated The Google Dialer To Block Sideloading On Non-Nexus Devices

Google Has Updated The Google Dialer To Block Sideloading On Non-Nexus Devices

As we reported yesterday, Google recently opened up the Google Dialer app to virtually all phones running Marshmallow. Great! Everyone was happy for a few hours, and then the other shoe dropped. It turns out this was not intentional on Google's part, and the Play Store listing no longer allows installing on non-Nexus phones. What's more, sideloading is blocked in the latest build.

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