Santi: Instagram on Android TV
Admittedly, the television might not be the perfect place for Instagramming, but Santi is still useful for those times you want to share your photos on big screen or see what your friends are up to. You can even give a thumbs up to photos without ever touching your phone.
IGN's app is a rare example of a major media website doing television right. The app is filled with long-form videos, including features on gaming history and playthroughs of popular games, and when you finish one video, the next one queues up immediately after.
CBS News offers a live, round-the-clock video feed with anchored coverage, and it tends to focus on actual stories instead of talking heads. It's unclear why this one doesn't appear in Google Play's curated sections, as it's easily one of the best apps Android TV has to offer.
Android TV's built-in wallpapers are pleasant enough, but 500 Firepaper is an excellent alternative if you want more customization. The free app, which draws from the photo service 500px, lets you choose from dozens of categories, with controls over how often to refresh the image. (Just be sure to set this app as the default in the Daydream section of Android TV's settings menu.)
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