What you need to know
- TikTok is now available on the Android TV platform.
- The app was released this week according to its Google Play Store listing.
- It may not work for everyone, with some users reporting incompatibility with the Nvidia Shield.
Once installed, TikTok offers a lot of the same benefits you'll get on your mobile phone or tablet. You can scroll through videos, like, save, and even log in to your account via the company's clever use of QR codes.
It's not available to everyone yet. Android Police notes that while the app even works with the Chromecast with Google TV, it does not work with the Nvidia Shield TV, nor is it available in Lebanon at the moment. It's likely the rollout will continue over the coming weeks, at which point Google or TikTok may make an announcement.
This isn't TikTok's first outing on the big screen. The app launched on Samsung TVs back in December, bringing the social media platform to Samsung's smart TVs.
Rich Waterworth, General Manager, TikTok UK said at the time (opens in new tab):
It's hard to imagine the same sentiments don't apply.
TikTok for Android TV
Media focused apps like TikTok make a lot of sense on Android TV. By providing a larger canvas for content, the combination of immersion and stickiness will please both developers and users alike.
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