This story was originally published 2020/10/14
12:48pm PDTon Oct 14, 2020 and last updated 2020/11/13
7:41am PSTon Nov 13, 2020.
Google may have introduced Google TV earlier this year, but Apple TV has been around long before that. Problem is, there hasn’t been any Apple TV Android app, and that includes for Android TV devices — at least, until now. Select Sony ATV models are receiving an update that installs the Apple TV app, which includes access to Apple TV+, Apple TV channels, new and popular movies, and personalized and curated recommendations. A month after its announcement, the app has now arrived in the Play Store.
The Apple TV app is coming first to Sony’s X900H series TVs via a software update that should be rolling out now in the US. Previously, users could watch Apple TV content on many smart TVs from Sony and other manufacturers, but only via AirPlay. Now owners of X900H TVs will be able to browse and start playback from the Apple TV app directly on the device. It even supports streaming in 4K HDR and Dolby Atmos.
It’s fitting to see Sony be the first to cross this threshold, as last year the company’s sets were the focus of an early report of Apple TV availability, though one that ultimately didn’t pan out. The Apple TV app has been available on Amazon’s Fire TV platform since last year, but that APK doesn’t seem to work well on standard Android TVs.
While we can debate about the quality of iOS, there’s no question that Apple TV has some high-quality content. I particularly enjoyed Dickinson and Central Park, and the animated movie Wolfwalkers that’s launching in December looks promising, too. Too bad I still can’t use Apple TV on the new Chromecast yet. Sony says that the app will be come to some 2018 models, as well as most 2019 and 2020 models by the end of this year. So far there’s no sign of access expanding to Android TVs from other brands just yet, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen in the future now that Sony has paved the way.
The app is available now on the Play Store, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s compatible with your TV. Check it out at the Play Store widget below. There’s no sign of the APK yet, but when it rears its head, this post will be updated with the link.
Updated to reflect that Apple TV is also available on Fire TVs
This has been edited to reflect that the Apple TV app launched on some Amazon Fire TVs last year.
Play Store availability
This has been edited to reflect that the Sony Apple TV app has now been published in the Play Store.