Apple has expanded the app’s compatibility to include Google’s popular operating system for smart TVs and streaming devices, making it available on the Android TV platform. Although Apple TV was originally exclusively accessible on Apple devices, it has now been expanded to include additional devices and platforms such as Amazon’s Fire OS and LG’s webOS. Android TV is a significant platform that covers smart TVs from a variety of companies, and it is a popular choice in India, where many low-cost TV makers utilise the OS in their smart TVs.
According to 9to5Google, the Apple TV app for Android TV can be downloaded through the Google Play store and is accessible for Android TV devices running Android TV 8 and later that already have access to the Google Play store. We tested it on the Realme Smart TV 4K 43 (Review) and were able to instal and login in to the Apple TV app without any issues. Content is available in up to Ultra-HD quality, with HDR compatibility up to Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, if the television supports it.
This is a significant move by Apple, especially for consumers in India, where the Android TV platform is widely used. Many television manufacturers, including Sony, Xiaomi, Realme, TCL, Vu, and OnePlus, employ Android TV for their smart TVs in a variety of pricing ranges. Apple TV will now be available on all of these devices, letting users to stream movies they may buy or rent, as well as the Apple TV+ subscription service, which includes critically acclaimed original series like Ted Lasso and The Morning Show.
Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+ (Disney+Hotstar in India) have all been accessible on the Android TV platform for quite some time. Although the app and service debuted on the Amazon Fire TV platform in late 2019, it has taken a long time for it to arrive on Android TV. It also indicates Apple’s desire to be taken seriously as a provider of services such as music and video streaming for consumers outside of the Apple hardware ecosystem, rather than only as a hardware maker.