What are the Differences between Smart TV and Android TV






Roku TV, Android TV, Smart TV, AI TV, Google TV,  Mini LED TV, QLED TV, and so forth are some of the marketing terms utilized by TV manufacturers nowadays. To be honest, it is tricky to tell the differences between them if you are not an expert in the field of television. To meet the more refined needs of consumers, the TV industry appears to have caught up with the rocket, making it difficult for people to decide which one will grace the living room or bedroom for years to come.


The Android TV and smart TV are so similar that you could argue that an Android TV is essentially a smart TV. Nevertheless, not all smart TVs are Android TVs. There are still some differences between a smart TV and an Android TV, which may influence your decision.



What is Smart TV, and what is Android TV?


A Smart TV, often known as an Internet TV, is any television that can access additional programming via the internet. It is the equivalent of having a computer embedded in your television. Most Smart TVs have built-in apps that let you play games, watch videos, and stream movies, including Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, and others. However, the operating system on a Smart TV cannot be upgraded, so you cannot access the most recent apps. As a matter of fact, any TV that provides online content, no matter what operating system it runs, can be regarded as a smart TV. In this sense, Android TV is indeed a smart TV. 


Smart TV and Android TV are inclusive relationships, meanwhile, Android TV has almost all the functions of smart TV but with the  Android operating system powered by Google. Some TV manufacturers also have their own built-in operating system when launching smart TV. Similarly, if the operating system of a smart TV is Roku, we can call it Roku TV. TCL has cooperated with streaming media manufacturers such as Android and Roku; therefore, it is not surprising to hear about TCL Android TV and TCL Roku TV.


Differences between Smart TV and Android TV


Application program


Although Android TV and smart TV support a number of popular applications, their numbers differ. Thanks to the support of the Android App Store, which contains more than 10,000 apps, it gives Android TV an absolute advantage in the application program. The considerable application library allows Android TV users to download and use a variety of applications, just like on smartphones. For example, everything from YouTube to Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video can be used on TCL Android TV


However, for smart TVs running other operating systems, such as Tizen OS or WebOS, the supported applications will be limited. Only a few well-known built-in apps are accessible through them.


Automatic update


As the development of Android TV is very active and the developers regularly push new updates to various applications, Android TV is superior to a smart TV in terms of updating applications and streaming media resources. In addition, connected with WiFi, Android TV offers the automatic update of applications, while it is difficult for smart TVs to get updates in this regard.


Voice assistant


The advantage of the built-in Google assistant makes Android TV so outstanding in the function that users of Android TV can switch channels and search programs easily through voice control without any input device. In contrast, users of smart TVs have to enter content with a full-size keyboard. Even though many smart TVs support voice control, they have to be paired with a device such as Alexa to achieve this function.


Screen Mirroring and Casting


Screen mirroring your favorite application directly to Android TV from an Android phone is possible due to the Google Assistant and built-in Chromecast (also known as Google cast). However, it is impossible to happen on a smart TV without other projection equipment, which means an additional cost and effort.


Android TV or Smart TV, Which One is Better?


As mentioned earlier, Android TV is essentially a smart TV, though it has more choices in some auxiliary functions and application libraries. Smart TV providing a user-friendly and straightforward interface usually performs better and runs faster than Android TV because there are fewer applications to launch. Moreover, a smart TV can be upgraded to Android TV through Android TV boxes, such as Chromecast. 


With the capacity to connect to the internet, play material from streaming services without the use of an external device, and offer voice control features, televisions have gotten smarter. Some smart TVs can also be used to manage smart home devices. Such a trend urges smart TVs and Android TVs to gradually occupy a wide market all over the world. All in all, both of them are mainstream TV products in the current market, and each has its own merits.


If you are looking for a new TV,  you will not want to miss one of the best TV brands – TCL.


Try the best Smart TV and the best Android TV in TCL Global .


What’s worth mentioning is that TCL has introduced a new generation of Smart TV- Google TV. Google TV has been available for some time and has gotten positive feedback from customers. It's ideal for folks who have a variety of hobbies or interests because it includes an app store where you can download programs for cooking, gaming, reading, listening to music, and so much more!


Learn more at: Which TV is better for you- Google TV or Android TV? A Definitive Guide.



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