Android Player - Release Candidate Version (4.x)

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by Abner Olivieri
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The new, upcoming version of our Android player app (4.x) has been built from the ground up and will significantly improve the stability and user experience of our Android player app across the board by embedding the latest version of Chrome into the app, which greatly improves content rendering and performance, especially on devices with older versions of Android. This version will also include many bug fixes and improvements.

We will be releasing this version of our Android player app for all of our users soon, but are making it available now as a Release Candidate version for anyone who wants to test it on their devices.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to update to our new player app on your devices.

 

Table of Contents:

1. Prepare your Android device for sideloading the app update

2. Sideload the app update to your device

 

1. Prepare your Android device for sideloading the app update

In order to install this app update on your device, you will need to use a process called "sideloading". When referring to Android apps, sideloading typically means installing an application package in APK format onto an Android device via USB, Bluetooth, WiFi or another similar method. You will need to change some settings to prepare your device for sideloading apps. (You can also follow the steps below via this guide by How-To Geek.)

On an Android device running Android TV 8.x or above you will need to enable the ability to install unknown apps for every app you may use to install the app update from. We will show you how to do this for the Brave browser app.

1.1.1. You will need a browser to download and install the app. We recommend using the Puffin TV Browser (as Chrome cannot be downloaded onto an Android TV device). To install it, open the "Play Store" app, search for "Puffin TV Browser" and install it.

1.1.2. Open the "Settings" app, then go to "Security & restrictions" > "Unknown sources". 

1.1.3. Click on "Puffin TV" to enable it to install unknown apps.

On an Android device running Android TV 7.x or below you will need to enable the ability to install apps from an unknown source.

1.2.1. You will need a browser to download and install the app. We recommend using Chrome, which should be available on your device already. If it isn't, open the "Play Store" app, search for "Google Chrome" and install it.

1.2.2. Open the "Settings" app, then go to "Security", scroll down and enable "Unknown sources" and then click "OK" on the warning pop up.

On an Android device running Android 8.x or above you will need to enable the ability to install unknown apps for every app you may use to install the app update from. We will show you how to do this for the Chrome browser app.

1.3.1. You will need a browser to download and install the app. We recommend using Chrome, which should be available on your device already. If it isn't, open the "Play Store" app, search for "Google Chrome" and install it.

1.3.2. Open the "Settings" app, then go to "Apps & notifications" > "Advanced" > "Special app access" > "Install unknown apps". 

1.3.3. Click on "Chrome" and enable "Allow from this source".

On an Android device running Android 7.x or below you will need to enable the ability to install apps from an unknown source.

1.4.1. You will need a browser to download and install the app. We recommend using Chrome, which should be available on your device already. If it isn't, open the "Play Store" app, search for "Google Chrome" and install it.

1.4.2. Open the "Settings" app, then go to "Security", scroll down and enable "Unknown sources" and then click "OK" on the warning pop up. 

 

2. Sideload the app update to your Android device

2.1. In the browser on your device, go to http://bit.ly/scplayer4 (in the rare case that your device does NOT use an ARM processor, go to http://bit.ly/scplayer4-xall instead), which will download the Android player app (4.x) to your device. If you get a warning message that "this type of file can harm your device", click "OK".

2.2. When the download is complete, click on the download notification to install the app. Click "Install" on the pop up that asks if you'd like to install the app (if the app is already installed on your device it may ask you to "Update").

 

If you have any additional questions on using the Android player, or any other questions or feedback about ScreenCloud, feel free to reach out to our support team at support@screencloud.com or give us a call at our toll-free support line at +18885575335.

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