How To: Browse the Internet with Your Nexus Player's Remote Control

Browse the Internet with Your Nexus Player's Remote Control

How to Browse the Internet with Your Nexus Player's Remote Control

Since the Nexus Player is an Android device at heart, there are already several internet browsers that can be used on the streaming set-top box. Chrome, Firefox, and a few others will run perfectly fine, but the trouble with these is that you need a mouse to use them.

If you haven't already connected a mouse to your Nexus Player, or if you simply prefer using the remote, developer Oleksiy Martynov has quite a treat for you. His latest app is the first purpose-built Android TV web browser, and it can even be controlled entirely with a remote.

Step 1: Install "Web Browser for Android TV"

Martynov's app is called Web Browser for Android TV, and it's available on the Google Play Store for free. It is not, however, available through the Nexus Player's Play Store app, so you'll need to install it from a different device.

From any web browser, head to the app's install page at this link. Make sure you're logged in with your Google account, then click "Install" and select your Nexus Player from the drop-down menu before clicking "Continue."

Step 2: Browse the Internet with Your Remote

When you first launch the app, you'll be taken to its main menu. This screen is fairly standard—it's got a set of navigation buttons across the top, and your recently-viewed websites in the middle. The address bar is automatically selected when you open the app, so to browse to a website, simply use the Nexus Player's on-screen keyboard.

The unique feature here is a mouse pointer that can be controlled with your remote. Just use the direction pad to move the cursor around the screen, then press the center button to click links.

To scroll through a webpage, just move your mouse cursor to the bottom edge of the screen. From here, press the down arrow, and the webpage will scroll accordingly.

Step 3: Adjust Mouse Pointer & Scrolling Speed (Optional)

If you feel that the mouse pointer or website scrolling isn't moving fast enough, move your cursor to the top of the screen. The address bar will automatically be selected at this point, and you can use the left and right arrows on your remote to highlight the other buttons on the menu bar. From here, click the rightmost button and choose "Settings" to adjust the available options.

Here you can toggle desktop or mobile layouts, and you can use the two sliders to adjust the speed of your mouse pointer and page scrolling.

Has Web Browser for Android TV eliminated your need for a mouse? Let us know in the comment section below, or drop us a line on Facebook, Google+, or Twitter.

6 Comments

I installed it and tried downloading a plugin but could not download the plugin also where will the downloads be in the kodi?

I haven't tried the plugins feature yet myself, but I've found that my downloads are stored in the Downloads folder on the internal storage partition.

When you say install it from a different device, what do you mean? How would I do that? Thanks.

Basically just use any web browser (PC, Mac, Linux, Android, etc) to head to the link in the paragraph below that one and make sure you're logged in with your Google account. That's the web version of the Play Store, and you can use it to remotely install apps on your Nexus Player. So as long as you're logged into that site with the same Google account you use on your Nexus Player, you just have to click the "Install" button, then choose your Nexus Player from the list, and the app will automatically show up on your Nexus Player's home screen.

Very cool, I'll give that a try. Thanks for getting back to me so quick Dallas, really appreciate it!

Hi I'm Don
The app on the Nexus player has empty boxe.

I have opened up google search engine and typed in Web browser for android tv on my IPlayer but when I click on the button my Nexus player is not listed.

Please can anyone help
Don

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