The 10 best Android applications for your Smart TV - The Happy Android

When you make the leap from a “goofy” TV to a Smart TV, the viewing options multiply exponentially. We go from the typical four channels that we see in the open to a whole world of possibilities. Which are the best apps for Android TV? What services should we install on a smart TV to get the most out of it?

Below we offer you some ideas of all those apps compatible with Smart TVs that we can install to turn our TV into a personalized entertainment center. Let's go there!

The 10 best applications to fully exploit your Smart TV

To make this list a little more interesting, we are going to put aside all those apps that we all already know well enough like Netflix or Spotify to focus on things a little less obvious -relatively- and a little more interesting.


Many people use Kodi on their smart TV or Android TV Box as a local and streaming media player. However, we are facing a very powerful application that allows us to do almost everything thanks to its add-ons. In this way we can install Retroplayer, a function for Kodi with which we can install various classic console emulators (NES, Mega Drive, Super Nintendo, MAME, Dreamcast, etc.). From here we just have to add the corresponding ROMs from a pendrive, connect a gamepad to the TV via Bluetooth and start to rock it. You can see the full installation tutorial at THIS POST.

Download QR-Code Kodi Developer: XBMC Foundation Price: Free

In addition to that, with Kodi we can also play videos that we have hosted on the PC remotely, configure IPTV lists, subtitles service and much more.


Many are still unaware that there is life beyond traditional streaming platforms like HBO, Prime Video, and co. ARTE TV is a service of on-demand content focused on various artistic disciplines where we can find from music concerts, through documentaries such as "The history of graffiti", pop culture and the like, but also videos about science, politics and history. All this free, without registration and with a quality well above the usual average.

Download QR-Code ARTE TV Developer: ARTE Price: Free


If you have some space in the living room to stretch the booties, you may want to take a look at Keep. We are before an app to do exercises at home Which is most practical, since being compatible with Android TV we can display it on the TV and save ourselves the hassle of constantly checking the mobile (typical with most mobile training apps). It has an infinite number of programs and routines to work different parts of the body, it is free, and it enjoys an excellent evaluation by the community.

Download QR-Code Keep - Home Fitness Trainer Developer: Keep Inc. Price: Free

TuneIn Radio

TuneIn Radio is like the Spotify of radio stations. It is an excellent platform to listen to music in streaming, but not only that, since the content is divided into several topics where we can find podcasts, news channels, sports stations and local radios. It is also great to discover new radio programs from the trends section or listen to stations from other countries in the world.

Download QR-Code TuneIn Radio: Sports, News, Music, Podcasts Developer: TuneIn Inc Price: Free


Streaming video service compatible with smart TVs focused on lovers of the boxing, MMA and professional wrestling. The platform broadcasts content live and on demand, with some paid events and a good handful of fights and videos completely free. It can be a good option as a semi-free alternative to other premium DAZN-type platforms, with some very interesting shows and fights.

Download QR-Code FITE - MMA, Wrestling, Boxing, Bare Knuckle & More Developer: Flipps Media Inc. Price: Free

Steam Link

If you are a pro gamer and have a good Internet connection, this is another of the apps that cannot be missed on our smart TV. With Steam Link we can link our Android TV with the PC and play our Steam games directly from the TV. The service works great, but yes, we must make sure that we have a stable and muscular Wi-Fi signal.

Download QR-Code Steam Link Developer: Valve Corporation Price: Free


Who does not know by now the famous TED talks? We are not going to say that you need to be a scholar to be allowed to participate in one of these conferences, but it is certainly a meeting point where you can listen and learn from some of the most fascinating minds on the planet. The application has more than 3000 "inspiring" talks, includes subtitles (practically all the content is in English) and a classification by topics ranging from health or business, through education, science, technology, psychology or personal growth, among others.

Download QR-Code TED Developer: TED Conferences LLC Price: Free

Sideload Launcher

The downside of having a smart TV is that not all Android applications are compatible with the device. With Sideload Launcher we skip this restriction, since with this tool we can install any application or APK from the Google Play Store, although in principle it has only been designed to work on mobile phones.

Download QR-Code Sideload Launcher - Android TV Developer: Chainfire Price: Free

Concerts Arena

Concerts Arena is an application for Android TV where we can see live music and historical concerts by bands like Rage Against the Machine, Smashing Pumpkins, The Clash, Dire Straits, Blondie and artists like Lou Reed, Jamiroquai or Bob Marley. The platform works as a YouTube content curator, since all the videos are hosted on YouTube. A highly recommended application for lifelong music lovers.

Download QR-Code Concerts Arena - Watch music concerts for free Developer: Cast Tools Price: Free

Red bull tv

Another free streaming platform with a lot of content mainly focused on sports like surfing, climbing, BMX, rally competitions, esports, motocross and other adventure sports. In addition to that, there are also live broadcasts of festivals such as Primavera Sound and Lollapalooza, as well as small documentaries and programs focused on music and gaming. As we say, the application is free, although we must register or log in with a Facebook or Google account.

Download QR-Code Red Bull TV: Movies, TV Series, Direct Developer: Red Bull Apps Price: Free

Do you know any other Smart TV app that is worth it? If so, do not hesitate to stop by the comments area.

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