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Android TV Launcher
No review of Android TV Launchers would be complete without reviewing the launcher created by the company who created Android itself, Google. Google may be great at many things internet and Android, but it might be best for Google to stick with that they know. You will see why below.
The Android TV Launcher is a very basic launcher.
There are many Android TV Launchers that perform better and have better reviews. I guess that just because you created the operating system that does not mean that you can develop enhancements for it that people will like. Heck, they have created something that does not seem to work correctly.
This Android TV Launcher does not seem to be actively supported by Google any longer. Their last update to the launcher was on 16 November 2017. One would think that since Google created Android, they would have the best working Android TV Launcher.
The Android TV Launcher has one of the lowest ratings for launchers in the app store. It has a 2.7 out of 209 reviews.
It would be wise to find an Android TV Launcher that works better or at the very least a launcher that is still being supported.
It looks very basic and does not seem to be fully customizable. The description in the Play Store says that it puts “content at the center” so that you can find “content with the least amount of friction” I am not even sure what that means. Maybe they are trying to help you save a few clicks. According to their reviews, it is not something at which they excelled.
Searching for TV Launchers in Google Play, one of the first options you are presented with will be Ugoss. It is an excellent and sleek launcher that has a side carousel, and each option in the carousel filters all of the apps.
So, the “All Apps” section would display every item that is available on your Android TV. The Gear icon will display different settings for your TV. The Options section lets you further customize this great launcher.
A great thing about this launcher is that when you download an item, you do not have to put it into the category itself. The Ugoss Launcher automatically places the new app in the category it should be in for you.
One of the reasons that Ugoss is listed near the top of the vast list is because it has a four-star rating.
Still, this launcher might be getting a little old. It is on version 1.4.7, but the last update was on 21 May 2018.
There are still plenty of reviews from that time. They did have some stability issues, but they have been addressed, and there have not been many complaints since