Have you ever wished to turn your trusty MacOS device into a fully functional Smart TV without breaking a sweat? Well, good news! In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the process of installing Google TV on MacOS device using the user-friendly Android Studio.
No need for technical wizardry – just follow the simple steps below.
- Takeaway Points:
- Why install Google TV on MacOS?
- Pros and cons of installing Google TV on MacOS
- System Requirements
- Software Downloads and Installation
- Configuring Android Studio for Google TV OS
Before we begin, here are the key takeaways from this guide:
- Android Studio is the tool of choice for installing Google TV OS on MacOS.
- By creating a virtual device within Android Studio, you can run Google TV OS on your MacOS device.
- You can navigate Google TV using keyboard controls and install apps from the Google Play Store.
Google has created a unique ecosystem for various devices, such as Android for mobiles, Wear OS for wearables, and Android TV & Google TV for your smart TV, which provides various functions.
Google TV has been a massive success, with brands offering a complete range of smart TVs with Google TV. It’s a great way to explore the features of a smart TV and make the most of it.
Google TV OS brings the TV experience to your computer, and you can have it on your MacOS device without any complicated procedures. Android Studio, the official IDE for Android app development, is your gateway to this transformation.
Why install Google TV on MacOS?
If you’re wondering why you should install Google TV OS on a Mac device and what advantages it offers, the answer is simple: it’s not a complicated process, and it’s definitely worth trying!
In fact, you can easily emulate Google TV on your computer with an app called Android Studio, which allows you to run this operating system on your laptop with ease.
Installing Android Studio is a breeze, so you won’t encounter any difficulties. Once you have it installed, you’ll be able to do a lot of things that make it worthwhile to try Google TV on your Mac.
Pros and cons of installing Google TV on MacOS
If you want to see if you like Google TV features, installing Google TV on your Mac is a perfect way to try it out. Samsung and LG, for example, have their own OS (Tizen and webOS, respectively), so it’s interesting to compare and evaluate which one you prefer.
You can install various games and applications without any problem and see how they would look on your TV. This will help you understand which apps are worth installing on your Smart TV.
Additionally, you can test different versions of the operating system. This allows you to see what changes there will be in future updates.
Android Studio is not just capable of emulating this system, but you can also test the latest versions of Android for mobile or Wear OS.
The advantages offered by this emulator to install Google TV on your PC are numerous. The only disadvantage is that you may encounter problems with the installation due to a corrupt file.
However, since it’s an emulator, you can easily close it and reopen it to resolve any issues. Moreover, the emulator requires a somewhat powerful device to run without problems.
Before we begin, ensure your MacOS device meets the minimum requirements for a smooth installation:
|MacOS 10.14 (Mojave)
|Latest version of MacOS
|8 GB RAM
|16 GB RAM or more
|Apple M1 chip or 2nd gen Intel Core
|Latest Apple Silicon chip
|8 GB (IDE and Android SDK and Emulator)
|SSD with 16 GB or more
|1280 x 800
|1920 x 1080
Software Downloads and Installation
Downloading Android Studio on MacOS
Android Studio, Google’s official development tool, is an incredible application that offers much more than just allowing you to develop new apps or explore Android’s inner workings.
It is by far the best and most comprehensive Android emulator for computers. With this tool, you can emulate the latest versions of Android before they are even released, and even simulate Android Auto on your car console.
This is a complete package that is also compatible with Android Wear, Android TV, Google TV and soon-to-be-compatible with Automotive OS.
Android Studio offers almost limitless possibilities to discover everything that the Android ecosystem has to offer. It is an ideal tool to help you decide whether it is worth investing in a Smart TV or not.
Despite having hundreds of options available, using Android Studio to emulate devices is quite simple.
To get started, you need to download and install Android Studio on your MacOS device. Follow these steps:
Download Android Studio for MacOS from the official Android Studio website.
Select the appropriate version for MacOS.
Agree to the terms and choose your Mac chip type.
Note: If unsure about your chip type, check it in Apple Menu > About This Mac.
Installing Android Studio on MacOS
When it is completely downloaded go to the Download directory of your system and find the DMG file of Android Studio
When you launch the Android Studio DMG file, you will see a window with the Android Studio logo in the background.
Drag and drop Android Studio into the Applications folder. After a few moments, the app will be installed.
To access Android Studio, you will need to access the macOS Applications directory. You can access this directory from GO by clicking Applications in the drop-down menu.
Configuring Android Studio for Google TV OS
Creating a Virtual Device for Google TV:
Once Android Studio is installed, you can create a virtual device to run Google TV. Here’s how:
Launch Android Studio, accept the license agreements, then press Finish…
Allow the app to download and install the necessary components. This will take a while depending on your internet speed
On the main screen, select Virtual Device Manager under the More Actions drop-down menu
Click on “Create Device” to start creating the virtual device.
Choose the appropriate device type and display resolution. In our case, we go for “TV” and 1920×1080 resolution
Select the desired Android OS version for Google TV installation. We go for the Android 11 (Google TV) image version. Wait for the system image to download and install then press Next to go to the Virtual Smart TV settings screen.
Set up your device according to what you want in the settings window and press “Finish“.
In that window you can change things like screen orientation, amount of RAM, internal storage, rendering type and more.
Once you finish setting up, you’ll return to the list of virtual devices and see that there’s the emulated Smart TV you just created.
Press the “Play” button to start emulation, or double-click on the name. It may take a few moments to start up.
Once the emulator is running, you can install and test your applications directly on your macOS machine.
Wait for the Google TV to boot up fully.
Start customizing your virtual device by adding your Google account.
Enter your Google Account credentials and press Next
Navigate the Google TV homescreen.
Access app screens, quick settings, and install apps.
The sidebar gives you more control options over the virtual device
Congratulations! You’ve successfully turned your MacOS device into a Google TV. Explore the features, enjoy the entertainment, and share this guide with fellow Mac users. Happy streaming!