Android TV doesn’t have nearly the same selection of apps as Android for smartphones, so it’s always nice to see developers support the growing TV platform. If you watch a lot of YouTube on your smart TV and want more viewing options, check out SmartTubeNext, an unofficial, open-source YouTube client for Android TV. The app features a more modern UI to match the look of Android TV and offers some great playback features.
SmartTubeNext is available for Android 4.3 and above but is primarily aimed at Android TV devices. The app, of course, functions as a typical YouTube client, with the ability to like, dislike, subscribe to channels, and see an animated preview of videos.
– Browse News, Games, Music
– Browse Subscriptions, History, Playlists
– Play videos
– Like, Dislike or Subscribe for video
– Search for videos
– View subscribed channel content
– Change various settings for the video player
– Animated previews for videos
– Android TV channels and search support.
★ Browse Fragment
The browse fragment is what is used to display the browseable categories and options card. The Icon Header Item Presenter is used to setup and display the categories in the headers dock and Card Presenter is used to display the Video cards.
★ Playback Activity
The Playback Activity is used to play the video from categories. Which used the PlaybackFragment to display the playback controls over the top of the PlaybackActivity.
★ Search Fragment
The Search Fragment allows users to search for video by either tags or usernames.
★ Header Grid Fragment
The Header Grid Fragment is used to show a grid of videos from either a Subscriptions or History.
★ Custom Components
Many of the screens used some of these custom components created especially for the needs of this app:
★ Text Badge Image Card View
Badge Card View
This view extends the ImageCardView class so that we add custom functionality. The functionality of this view is display a video preview of the video card that is currently in focus. It’s made up of the following components:
Text Badge Image View – This is a custom VideoView that automatically loops a video without sound.