Look Ma, I’m on TV!
In This Chapter
Creating an Android TV emulator
Coding apps for TVs
Using multiple loaders and adapters
Filtering your SQL queries
Launching a non‐default activity from Android Studio
I wish there was a knob on the TV so you could turn up the intelligence. They got one marked “brightness” but it don’t work, does it?
— Leo Anthony Gallagher
Smart TVs are changing the living room. Up until now, every TV manufacturer has developed their own unique interfaces for their TVs. Now Android is available on TVs to consolidate those interfaces and bring developer apps to your living room. Android is available in set top boxes such as the Android TV, which you can plug into any modern TV, and it’s being built directly into televisions shipping from Sony, Sharp, and Phillips.
As a developer, this is an opportunity for you to bring your apps to a whole new audience. In this chapter, you will port the Tasks app to Android TV.