Android TVs from brands like Sony Bravia offer great benefits over a conventional Smart TV which includes wide range of Google Android based TV apps downloaded from Play Store and featured apps along with some in build TV apps on Sony Bravia Smart TVs running on Android based operating system.
TV Apps on a typical Bravia TV can be categorized under following groups:
Google Play Store Apps for TV
Apps downloaded on TV through side-load (no regular TV app download)
Featured Apps on Sony Bravia Android Smart TV
Android TVs from Sony Bravia showcase certain featured apps on top of the TV home screen (just after recommended for you section). These apps are in build into the Android TV and need not be downloaded separately. Apps however may required subscriptions where they are not free to use.
These featured TV apps will vary across TV brands and also will depend on your geographical location. Certain apps may be banned in a country or Sony Bravia may not have a collaboration for that app for that country.
We have however listed down featured apps on Sony Bravia Android TVs in United Kingdom and Europe.
BBC iPlayer - You need TV license to be able to watch BBC shows and news legally. May ask for registration and need access to location services.
ITV HUB - UK only
All 4 - UK only
My5 - UK only
BBC News - Needs TV license in UK
BBC Sports - Needs TV license in UK
VLC Media Player - Best media player for Android TVs
YuppTV - Great for live Asian TV channels and TV programs. Needs subscription.
Toon Goggles (TG)
Youview - Option to configure YouView while initial / first TV setup
Google Play Movies and TV
Netflix - Sony Bravia Android TV remote control has an exclusive button for Netflix
Also read - Full list of Apps on Sony Bravia TVs
Watch this video for a demo of full list of featured apps on Sony Bravia Android TV in the United Kingdom. Some apps may vary if you are in a different country. Post in your comments if you have specific questions and we will get back with and answer.
How to download TV Apps on Android TV from Google Play Store in Sony Bravia TV
Not every Android app will be available to download from Google play store. Only those Android apps that are compatible for Smart TV and are available in the country / region will show up under play store. This however is still a very long list of TV apps available to be downloaded and included almost every popular media streaming and utilities app.
This video demonstrates range of apps available to be downloaded from Google play store on Android TV from Sony Bravia. For questions on any specific TV app, please drop a comment and we will provide a response.
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Google Play Store apps available to be downloaded on Android TV from Sony Bravia in UK
Android TVs through Google play store offer best range of TV apps compared to any other Smart TVs or streaming devices like Amazon Fir or Roku. Here is a collection of best Apps that are must have on your Android TV which can easily be downloaded.
Facebook Watch - Recently been included in UK and Europe under play store
Google Play Games - Wide collections on games
KODI - Watch demo on YouTube
ES File Explorer File Manager
Web Browsers for Android Smart TV
There is a good list of web browsers but we have chosen these 3 for you.
Puffin TV Web browser for Android TV
Google Chrome for Android TV
Opera web browser (default on Sony Bravia TV)
Puffin TV Web Browser for Smart TV / Android TV
PuffinTV web browser can easily be downloaded from Play Store on Android TV. This is not the default web browser for Sony Bravia Smart TV (default browser is Opera on Sony Bravia).
PuffinTV offer easy navigation for better browsing experience and is really fast. Watch this video that justifies why we prefer Puffin TV browser for Smart TVs.
Sync your Puffin Browser on TV with mobile so you may type easily on mobile while using it on Smart TV. Both mobile and Smart TV should be connected to same WiFi network to facilitate this.
Make sure you download the latest version 188.8.131.52 of Puffin browser for TV from Google play store for free.
As on any other web browser you can delete browsing history whenever you like.
Puffin TV App on YouTube