There’s no doubt that the Internet is the perfect place to waste your time. You scroll through your social media accounts and the next thing you know, you’ve been sucked in for several hours. If you want to use your time wisely, you might want to stay away from the internet–when you can.
But now there’s a new challenge for staying productive –– TikTok is coming to Android TV. This could potentially nip in the bud any pretensions to productivity. However, there’s a catch: it might not be available for you just yet.
TikTok app is coming to your Android TVs
TikTok is one of the apps that took the world by storm last year when the world was in total lockdown. Almost everyone with a phone registered for the app. Those who initially resisted the urge, ended up on the platform anyway.
With addictive content ranging from comedy, entertainment, tutorial, education, and more, it’s easy to get sucked in for hours. But now it’s even easier to spend more time on the platform. The TikTok app is now available on Google’s Android TV.
The app is available on the Google Play Store. Basically, the TikTok app for Android TV works just like the mobile app. Videos and other content are shown in the feed where users can scroll through to see more content.
If you have been on the platform for quite some time now, you know that videos uploaded on TikTok are short and in vertical format. So, expect that the videos will only be shown on a portion of your TV screen with the title, category, as well as any other details pushed off to the side as seen below.
You can do pretty much everything on the app on Android TV too. When you open it up, you can scroll through your personalized feed. You can use the left and right buttons on your TV remote to skip forward or back in between videos. Also, you can hit the down button for options like Profile, Like, and Comments.
Only after you have signed in on the app, will you be able to view the comments on the videos. Further options include Report, Not Interested, and Loop video –– all are behind the More button. And if you press down once more, you can access different categories for the content you are browsing.
Not without a catch…
Of course, this launch didn’t come without a hitch. For some reason, the app can’t be installed on all Android TVs globally. Particularly in the US, the app can’t be installed on Android TV devices, even on Chromecast with Google TV.
Folks over at Android Police in the UK have successfully installed the app on a Chromecast; however, they failed with a Shield in the same region. Some users took to Reddit to express their frustration over the same issues. But users in Australia are having no problems at all.
It is still not clear what the problem is or why the app can’t be installed in other regions. But one thing’s for sure, TikTok is in the process of arriving on Android TV. And by the looks of it, it’s coming very, very soon.