Android digital signage
- Setup Android using Google Play Store
- Setup Android using APK
- Launch APP on startup
- Mobile Device Management for Android
- Setup Google Chromecast with GoogleTV
Android OS is an operating system that performs very well with digital signage. Android Digital Signage is found both on players as well as smart TVs.
If you can’t use Google Play Store on your player, you can download and install the APK file directly:
- 32bit Android app (armeabi-v7) – download this if you are unsure which to choose
- 64bit Android app (arm64-v8a)
Please note, we do not recommend installing the APK as it will not be automatically updated, see how to update manually.
To ensure that your player launches together with the Android operating system, we recommend setting it as a ‘launcher app’. Android should prompt you to choose the default launcher application when pressing the home screen, or you can configure it in Settings > Home.
Alternatively, if your Android device does not permit changing the home screen app, you can configure our app to launch on operating system startup by going to our app Settings and turning on the Launch player on the startup option.
[AndroidTV owners] If you are running an AndroidTV device (usually Sharp or Sony smart TV), you need to also install and configure the Launch on Boot application to start the player after the device has booted.
MDM for Android
MDM stands for mobile-device-management and is usually deployed to easily manage your media players, in this case, Android.
There are several options for MDM on the market, for almost any operating system, so it’s up to you to find the MDM that suits your needs best.
Check out Headwind MDM for Android.
I got my screen linked, whats next?
We recommend checking out our 5-minute video guide on getting started, it covers most of the basics to get your android digital signage up and running fast.
What is the minimum Android OS version required?
The minimum version required is KitKat 4.4 (SDK version 19), however, we recommend using a device with at least Android Lollipop (5.0)
Some device manufacturers ship the device with a modified Android version where the service has been removed. You can install it back, however:
- 32bit Crosswalk Runtime (Play store) or you can download the .apk from APKPure.
- 64bit Crosswalk Runtime or you can download the .apk file from APKPure.
If you are unsure which to choose, try 32bit first. After you have installed Crosswalk Runtime, you can install our app on your Android digital signage player.
I try to install it, but it says “App not installed”?
This error most commonly happens when trying to install a 64bit apk on a 32bit device. Make sure you have downloaded the 32bit version of the apk file (apkpure by default serves the 64bit version).
I see a message “Request was denied for security”
Android will show a toast message if the SSL handshake fails for a website starting with HTTPS. Almost always this is due to the player’s date, time or timezone not being correct, so be sure to check these first. If the clock is synchronized, then it may also be due to an invalid or expired SSL certificate on the page you’re trying to load, try opening the same address in your laptop browser and see what kind of certificate errors it brings up.
Can I install the app on my smartphone?
Yes, you can even install the app on your phone to use it as a screen while you try out our software.
How do I set up the display in portrait mode?
See the Android section of our portrait guide.
If you installed the app via Google Play Store, it will be automatically updated however you can also start the update process manually:
- Open our app listing in Play Store.
- If there is an update available, you will see a button to update the app.
If you installed the APK file directly, you need to update the app manually:
- Download the new .apk (32bit / 64bit) file and save it on the device
- Open the .apk file and Android will prompt you to update the existing app
- Once the update finishes, open the Play Digital Signage app again (no need to link screen again, data is retained)
If you are using Android Debug Bridge (adb), you can install new .apk with a command:
adb install -r play-1.18.0.apk (replace the file name with the latest .apk file)
The plugins don’t work
If one or more plugin doesn’t work on your Android, it’s possible that the PlaySignage app on your player device is out of date. Click here to learn more.
How do I access OPTIONS if I disabled the top menu bar?
In the APP options, you can hide the top menu bar if you for example are running a touch screen. To access the top menu bar, when hidden, you can use CTRL + O for options or CTRL + Q to close the APP.