Google released the Nexus Player last year which was another attempt at the TV market.  This time I believe they may have something going for them.  The Nexus Player (Android TV) run Android with a new LeanBack Launcher.  It comes out of box with your normal apps you would expect from a media player (Netflix, YouTube).  Other apps like Hulu and Songza can also be downloaded from the app store.  However there are actually more apps that will work on your Nexus Player but aren’t officially available in the app store.  There are several ways to install apps on your Nexus Player but this method is the easiest way to install apps on to your Nexus Player without enabling debugging mode and using adb.

With your Nexus Player already setup and signed into your Google account, you can visit the Google Play store from your web browser.  For this example I will be using ES File Explorer File Manager as I will be using it for the second part to install apps that are not available on the Google Play store.

Search for ES File Explorer File Manager and click on the install button which will show a pop up that will list all the permissions the app will require.

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Next you will see a drop down under the Choose device option.  Click the drop down and pick your Nexus Player (No Carrier Asus Nexus Player) and click install and the app will be available on your Nexus Player.

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Congratulations you have successfully install an app onto your Nexus Player that is not available on the Play Store.

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However because these apps aren’t natively made for the Nexus Player it won’t be displayed on your LeanBack Launcher like your other apps (Netflix, Hulu, YouTube).  So to run these applications you will need to head to the Settings, Apps, Downloaded apps, ES File Manager File Explorer  and Open to run it.

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So there you go, you can now install some Apps and Games that aren’t available on the Nexus Player Google Play Store.  Next post will be about installing APKs that are not available on from the Google Play store.

 

I’m a big fan of Android and love the way you can customize it to your liking.  I’m what you can call a flash-a-holic.  I love flashing my phone with the newest nightlies.  Currently I’m using Temasek’s CM12 Unofficial Nightly for Bacon.  I like the sabermod version as I personally think it is faster than the Linaro version.  The latest is build 6.9 on Feb 3rd and I just flashed it this morning.  Since my flash this morning around 8am I’m down to 66% battery life with moderate use and 3-4 reboots to finish off customizing it to my liking.  Below are some of the features that are included with the latest build.  I don’t use all of them but will show some major ones.

1. Lockscreen Weather – I personally love this and use it all the time to get a quick glance at the weather.

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2. App Circle – I personally don’t use this but if you want quick access to your apps with a quick swipe from the right it’s there for you.

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3. Omni Switch – Replaces the default recent apps.  I don’t use this feature either but has the option to switch apps, kill all and kill all except for active app.

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If you own a OnePlus One and wanted to try out a solid Lollipop build give the Temasek build a try.