What is Android TV
Android TV is an operating system developed by Google for smart television devices. Android TV offers a variety of interesting features such as access to Google Play Store, Google Assistant, Chromecast, and more. However, not all televisions support Android TV natively. If you have an old television that is not compatible with Android TV, should you buy a new television or an additional device such as a Mi Box or Chromecast?
It turns out, there are other ways to enjoy Android TV without having to spend a lot of money. You can try installing Android TV x86, which is a version of Android TV modified to run on computers or laptops with Intel or AMD processors. In this way, you can convert your old television into a smart television with the help of an HDMI cable and a wireless keyboard.
What is Android TV x86?
Android TV x86 is a project created by an independent developer called Geek Till It Hertz. This project aims to bring the Android TV experience to devices that use x86 architecture, such as computers or laptops. The project is based on Android-x86, which is a version of Android designed to run on PCs.
Android TV x86 has the same features as the official Android TV, such as Google Play Store, Google Assistant, Chromecast, Netflix, YouTube, and others. However, there are some limitations and issues you may encounter when using Android TV x86, such as:
- Not all applications and games available on the Google Play Store can run well on Android TV x86. Some apps may be incompatible or crash.
- Not all hardware installed on your PC can be recognized by Android TV x86. Some devices may not work or require additional drivers.
- Not all features and settings on Android TV can officially be accessed on Android TV x86. Some features may be unavailable or hidden.
- Not all updates and security patches released by Google can be applied to Android TV x86. Some updates may be incompatible or cause problems.
Therefore, you should weigh the risks and benefits before deciding to try Android TV x86. If you just want to try it out or have an old device that you don’t use anymore, you can try Android TV x86 as a cheap alternative to enjoy Android TV. However, if you want a more stable and secure experience, you should buy an official device that supports Android TV.
How to install Android TV x86?
To install Android TV x86, you will need the following things:
- A PC or laptop with an Intel or AMD processor
- A flash disk with a minimum capacity of 8 GB
- An HDMI cable to connect a PC or laptop to a television
- A wireless keyboard to control Android TV x86
- An Android TV x86 ISO file
- A Rufus software
- An EasyUEFI Software
Once you have all the above requirements, follow these steps to install Android TV x86:
- Connect the flash disk to your PC or laptop and run the Rufus software.
- Select the flash disk as the target device and select the Android TV x86 ISO file as the bootable source.
- Select partition scheme as GPT and target system as UEFI (non CSM).
- Click the Start button and wait for the bootable flash disk creation process to complete.
- Unplug the flash disk from your PC or laptop and connect it to another PC or laptop where you want to install Android TV x86.
- Turn on the PC or laptop and enter the BIOS or UEFI menu.