Unofficial: Android TV Modified To Run On A PC

Android TV is an excellent platform for those looking to make use of an Android experience on their TV. Android apps that are purpose-adjusted to be optimized on a TV set, a platform which is able to engage with remote controls and generally speaking, offer a heightened Android experience on the TV. However, as this is Android, it is open to being customized, rewritten , modified and generally ported over to just about any device you can think of. In terms of Android TV, these modifications now extend to PCs it would seem.

Android TV has now been unofficially ported over to run on PCs. As such and if you are so inclined, you can now run a version of Android TV on your PC, or your tablet for that matter. The unofficial version gives you a leanback launcher experience on your desktop, by way of a modified Android-x86 version. The end result is pretty interesting and it does seem as though a number of the Android TV aspects work pretty well, including select apps, the ability to connect to Wi-Fi, accessing the settings menu (shown above) and more.

As you might expect, there are issues and not everything works as it should. However, Geek Till It Hertz, who is behind the porting, does note that mostly everything works. Of course, it is not clear why you might want to do this, as it is much easier to pick up an Android TV box and enjoy an official and largely problem-free version. However, if you are someone who likes to see operating systems and platforms being ported over to run on a less than orthodox platform, then Geek Till It Hertz has put together a couple of YouTube videos to check out. For those daring enough to give this a try, the first video is the how-to video which will help guide you through the installation process and get Android TV up and running on your PC. The second video is a follow up video which is essentially a walk through video detailing which aspects work, which ones do not and generally how the interface handles being run on a PC. You can check out both videos in full by hitting play below.

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