Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Until now, perhaps not many people know the difference between smart TV and Android TV. Because the two electronic items are different types of TV.
Smart TV, often known as Internet TV, is any television that can access additional programming over the internet. This 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 more.
However, the operating system on Smart TVs generally cannot be upgraded so you cannot access the latest applications.
In fact, any TV that provides online content, regardless of the operating system it runs, can be classified as a Smart TV.
Meanwhile, Android TV has almost all the functions of a Smart TV but with the Android operating system supported by Google.
Some TV manufacturers may have their own default operating system when launching a Smart TV.
So, for further clarity, here are the differences between Android TV and Smart TV, summarized by CNBC Indonesia from various sources:
Although Android TV and Smart TV support a number of popular apps, the number is clearly different. Thanks to the support of the Android App Store which contains more than 10,000 applications, Android TV gives an absolute advantage in its application program.
This app store allows Android TV users to download and use various applications, just like those on smartphones.
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 can be accessed through it.
Due to the very active development of Android TV and developers also regularly pushing new updates for various apps, Android TV is superior to smart TVs in terms of app updates and streaming media resources.
Moreover, because it is connected to WiFi, Android TV offers automatic app updates, while Smart TVs find it difficult to get updates in this case.
The advantage of the built-in Google assistant makes Android TV so prominent in its functionality that Android TV users can switch channels and search for programs easily through voice control without any input device.
Instead, Smart TV users must enter content with a full-sized keyboard. While many Smart TVs support voice control, they must be paired with a device like Alexa to achieve this functionality.
Screen Mirroring and Screen Casting
Android TV supports the screen mirroring feature, this allows you to see your favorite applications from your Android cellphone on the TV. This method is possible thanks to the built-in Google Assistant and Chromecast (also known as Google cast). However, this is not possible on a smart TV without other projection equipment, which means additional costs and effort.
Android TV or Smart TV, Which is Better?
As mentioned earlier, Android TV is essentially a Smart TV, although it has more options in some additional functions and app libraries.
Smart TVs provide a user-friendly and straightforward interface usually perform better and run faster than Android TVs due to fewer apps being launched. Additionally, smart TVs can be upgraded to Android TV via an Android TV box, such as Chromecast.
With the ability to connect to the internet, play material from streaming services without using an external device, and offer voice control features, televisions are becoming smarter.
Some Smart TVs can also be used to manage smart home devices. Such trends are driving smart TVs and Android TVs to gradually take over a vast market across the world. Overall, these two are the premier TV products on the market today.
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