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 22.214.171.124 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
Google Chrome browser for Android TV / Smart TV
Google Chrome Web browser will not be available to download on Android TVs which is a big disappointment. You can neither find Chrome under Google play store to download.
However there are ways you can still download the Google Chrome browser for free onto your Smart TV. The video below demonstrates how you can get the Chrome app on your Bravia TV. This method will also work other brand Smart TVs and Android TVs. You should be able to download ES File Explorer from Play Store on your Android TV which is one way to get Chrome on your TV.
Once Chrome browser is downloaded on your Smart TV, you can loin into your Google account and sync your preferences and browsing history on your TV browser.
Opera Web Browser for Android TV / Smart TVs
Opera is another web browser free to download on your Android TV from Sony Bravia. Opera is the default Web browser and come pre-installed on your Sony Bravia Android Smart TV in United Kingdom.
This video demonstrates how you may download Opera Web browser on your Android Smart TV and configuration that you should do to customize Opera as per your needs.
Music Apps on Android TV Play Store
Download popular Android TV Apps from Google play store on your Sony Bravia Android TV. Most music apps however will require subscription to be obtained and are not free. If you have subscription already, then you can use same on Android TV app as well.
Spotify - Most popular on Android play store for TVs
Google Play Services
Google Play Music - Default music app on Android TVs
TuneIn - Popular for Radio channels
Streaming Apps on Android TV Play Store
There is a long list of streaming apps that can be downloaded for free from Google Play Store on Android TV from Sony Bravia. However most of these streaming apps require regular subscription fee to be paid to avail services and watch videos.
CineTrailer - Latest movies trailer app
Amazon Prime Video
Sky News - Needs TV License to watch free in UK
VLC Media Player
Google play console
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Airscreen App to Screen Mirror / Cast Android or iPhone onto Android TV / Smart TV
AirScreen is one of the best utility app available for free on Android TV and can be downloaded from Google Play Store.
Airscreen App offers following functionality -
Screen Mirror from iPhone / iPAD onto Android TV
Screen Mirror from Android mobile or tablet to Android TV
Miracast from iPhone or Android phone to Android TV
Cast from streaming app on iPhone / Android mobile on Android TV
KODI App for Android Smart TVs
KODI is one of the most popular media hosting and streaming apps available to be downloaded for free from Google play store on Android TV.