If you don’t have a good web browser, surfing the web from an Android TV may not be very comfortable, however, I’m sure you’ve felt the need to do so more than once. The reasons can be many, either to see a particular page, do a Google search or because you did not feel like getting up from your chair to go find your phone.
But Android TV has a serious problem with this type of application and is that it does not have any browser installed as standard.
The number of existing applications for this purpose is not very high, if you are looking for a good web browser for Android TV. At least in the store there are not many to choose from. However, looking in the shop is not the only way to have a good app that you can surf the Internet with. From Google Chrome to Firefox, there’s plenty to choose from. And they’re not too complicated to install on an Android TV.
If you want to know which are the best web browsers for TVs and media players with Android TV? then continue read on.
Puffin TV – Fast web browser
Without a doubt, this is the best web browser you can find by searching the Google Play Store on Android TV. It’s perfectly adapted for use with the TV remote control, has favourites, content loads normally and most items play correctly on screen. Puffin is based on Chromium (like almost all the browsers on this list) and its only problem is that the version it is based on is not the most recent one; so it sometimes presents some incompatibilities depending on the websites you are browsing.
Tv Bro is another very good web browser for Android TV that can be downloaded from Google Play, although it is not compatible with all televisions and players. It offers a use perfectly adapted to the TV remote control and does not have too many inconveniences beyond being a little short on the number of options it offers. However, it has favourites, voice control and even allows the choice of ‘user agent’ to trick web pages by pretending to be another browser.
It’s quite strange that Google doesn’t include Chrome as a recommended application for Android TV. So much so, that: it’s neither pre-installed, nor can it be downloaded from the Google Play store. Fortunately, it is possible to install Google Chrome on Android TV, following the following short tutorial.
It is important to note that Google Chrome is not completely adapted to use with the remote control of the TV because on many websites you need to activate the cursor (with a mouse or through a physical game controller), but this is something that represents too many drawbacks. Apart from this, Chrome works very well on Android TV, its content adapts correctly to the screen and runs the latest versions of the mobile browser, so incompatibilities with the pages you visit are avoided. At the same time, it also allows the activation of the desktop mode.
It’s not a mistake: we’ve highlighted a web browser for Amazon Fire TV, because the adapted version of Firefox works perfectly: just install the APK on the TV or the player and surf. Its use is perfectly adapted to the TV remote control and offers a very complete and simple experience. Almost without a doubt, it is the best app available for what we are looking for: surfing the web from the TV.
To install Firefox on your Android TV you have to do the same as with Google Chrome: download the APK file and run it on the TV or on the player.
- Install File Commander on your Android TV and Sideload Launcher.
- Download the latest version of Firefox TV from the APK Mirror website.
- Upload the APK to your Google Drive, in the root folder.
- Open File Commander on your Android TV and sign in to the Drive from the file manager.
- In File Commander, navigate to the folder where you uploaded the Google Chrome APK and install it. You must accept the permission to install applications from outside of Google Play.
Firefox is very well adapted to the use from the remote control, it is fast rendering the pages, it offers a great web compatibility, it allows to synchronize the Firefox bookmarks and even to send pages from another Firefox browser. In short, it is highly functional and without a doubt, the best option available for browsing using the TV.