Difference between Android and Smart TV: All you need to know

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Once used to be a luxury item television (TV) has now become a must have household item. TV has evolved much since its invention in 1924 by Scottish engineer John Logie Baird. While, television was introduced in India on September 15, 1959 in Delhi. According to the Broadcast India 2018 Survey conducted by Broadcast Audience Research Council (Barc), 197 million of the 298 million homes in India today own a TV.

Throughout the last century, TV designs have changed from bulky to sleek, large to small and normal to smart and Android TV. In order to meet the ever-increasing needs of consumers, the television industry seems to have been chasing technological updates, making it difficult for consumers to shortlist the best option. The arrival of smart and Android TV have added duel to fire. Consumers might get confused while choosing a TV. The features that differentiate a smart TV from an Android TV are minor. Here are the some pointers which distinguishes the Android and Smart TV:

Smart TV

Smart TV is any TV that can offer additional programmes through internet connectivity. Android TV is also a smart TV which runs on the Android operating system by Google.

Android TV offers almost all the functions of smart TV. It runs on Android operating system while other smart TVs run on a variety of operating systems.

Access to apps

Having an Android TV allows consumers to access all the apps that they normally use through their smartphone. They can easily access YouTube to Netflix, Prime Video and other application through the Android TV. These apps are optimised for the TV platform and feature easy-to-use controls.

On the other hand, app support is restricted on smart TVs that run Tizen OS or WebOS. There are limited apps in its app store. As compared to Android TV, updates in smart TVs are more difficult to come by.

OS Updates

Another difference between Android and Smart TV is application upgradation and media streaming. Android TV developers keep updating various applications frequently as compared to smart TV. Furthermore, while connected to WiFi, Android TV allows for automated application upgrades, whereas smart TVs find it difficult to do so.

Android TV

Voice Assistant

With the help of built-in Google assistant, Android TV users can switch channels easily and search for shows through voice control. Android TV users do need any input device to change channels. Due to absence of voice control, Smart TV users have no other option but to enter content using a full-size keyboard.

Screen Mirroring

Thanks to Google Assistant and built-in Chromecast, Android TV users enjoy the flexibility to screen mirror their favourite app right to Android TV from an Android phone. This cannot be done on a smart TV without additional projection equipment.

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