Android 5.0 set-top boxes are hardly available in my part of the world and getting one from Ali Express is not an option, because the delivery times are too long and I do not have that much patience. So I decided to get myself a TV running on Android.
1. Pick the right Android TV
First of all, if you have plans to develop apps for Android TV and want to be able to debug them then it is important to decide which brand and model you pick. Previously I have made the mistake to chose a Philips TV, the 32PFK6500 to be exactly. It was the only 32 inch model that was available, which made it the perfect development TV, or so I thought.
It turned out to be not such a good idea. There is no way to debug and test your apps on this or other recent Philips Android TVs, basically because of Philips security policy. Yes, you can unlock the developers menu, but you will never be allowed to connect the ADB. This makes debugging impossible.
Too bad! It is a nice TV and I really enjoyed the Ambilight experience. This TV is probably great if you just want to watch TV and use some apps, but it is not really suitable for app development, although there seems to be a workaround to get your app at least tested through the Google Play alpha- and beta distribution mechanism.
Tip of the day: If you want to return your smart TV to the shop then do not forget to restore it to the factory settings. You may have entered your google account and others details that you do want to erase first. Unlike me, do this before you put everything back into the box ;)
So I went back to the shop and exchanged the Philips TV for a Sony Bravia TV, the 43W80xC one. With this television I have made a new attempt; this time with success!