In order to get the most out of your Google TV streaming device, you need to find and download a few apps and games. Unfortunately, on devices like Chromecast with Google TV, this isn’t as easy as opening the Play Store, but we̵
Devices like Chromecast with Google TV have access to Android TV apps. However, you cannot open the Google Play Store directly like you can with Android TV. Instead, the store’s search functionality is built into the Apps tab on the home screen.
The Apps tab has new categories for you to explore. Selecting a category opens a list of apps or games.
The Apps tab also has a number of other rows, with the recommended app and game recommendations organized by category.
Simply select an app or game, then select “Install” on the information page. You can also view screenshots of this item under the Install button.
That’s all nice for surfing, but what if you have a specific app in mind? Since you cannot open the Play Store directly, you will have to search for this app or game.
In the “App categories” line, simply select “Search for apps”.
This will bring up an onscreen keyboard where you can type the name of the item. Select the search icon when you’re done. If your remote has a Google Assistant button, you can use it to do a voice search.
If Google TV apps match your search terms, a list of results is displayed. Select the app or game you are looking for.
On the information page, choose Install. Again, you can view screenshots of this item under the Install button.
Once the app is installed, select “Open” to launch it directly from the Play Store list. You can find any apps or games you just installed at the end of the Apps line on the home screen. If you have more than 12, you will need to select “Show All” to see the entire list.
It’s a bit strange that Google doesn’t allow you to simply open the Play Store from your own set-top boxes, dongles, and TVs, but the Apps tab is just as good for browsing. And of course, you can always find whatever you’re looking for using the search function.
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