The following is the first few sections of a chapter from The Busy Coder's Guide to Android Development, plus headings for the remaining major sections, to give you an idea about the content of the chapter.
This book profiles many ways of getting content to a TV:
Presentationand related classes, for touchscreen-enabled devices that also happen to presently have a connection to an external display
RemotePlaybackClient, for use with devices like the Chromecast
It is entirely possible to create one app that can support all of these
modes from one code base, though you are constrained by the most limited
option. In this case,
RemotePlaybackClient is the most limited option, as its
API is designed to tell some external device to play some media, whereas the
other options can support comparatively arbitrary user interfaces rendered through
normal Android widgets.
In this chapter, we will review the
sample application. This app is designed to give the user a roster of
slide-based presentations to choose from, then deliver one of those presentations.
The presentation will appear on the external display (e.g., TV or projector), while
the presenter will be able to control the presentation either from a touchscreen-equipped
Android device or a remote control.
You should read the following chapters before this one:
Reading up on specific hardware, like the Amazon Fire TV, is a good idea but not as critical.
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