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Difference between Smart TV and Android TV

We all need some entertainment on a hectic day that relaxes our minds. Rather there are different ways, like going out, talking to someone, and playing games, but in all these, we involve physically. Sometimes we want to sit and relax, and for this purpose, scientists have discovered television that changed our lives completely. Our home is complete with television.

"Television is an electric box consisting of glass screen display programs with pictures and sounds. It is one way medium of communication that broadcasts entertainment programs whenever we switch on it." A continuous program of video content is displayed on the screen to the subscribers or public through cable, antenna, or satellite dish. With time, several models have been launched by companies (LG, Panasonic, Vizio, Samsung, Sony, etc.) with the latest technology. Television has traveled from a big box to today's smart TV.

The makers always work to make television with the latest technology to connect easily with users and the internet. They developed smart TVs, LED, Roku TVs, OLED TVs, QLED TVs, android TVs, and many more for us. But Smart TV ad and Android TV is popular among them; therefore, it can be confusing for the user to choose the right one according to their need. To help out, let's discuss the difference between them (android tv and smart tv).

What is smart tv?

Smart world, smart people need smart systems. That's why various manufacturers made smart television that connects directly to the internet and makes operating system functions. Television is considered smart when it enables advanced functions therefore, a regular television can also be made smart. Another name for smart tv is internet tv, as it lays down additional programs through internet connectivity.

"A television with inbuilt operating system consisting various applications that stream content while connecting to the internet. It includes various applications, games and other type of media."

"Smart TV consist of an operating system similarly smartphone and personal computer that works when connected to the internet wirelessly or through an Ethernet cable for accessing online content."

Different brands and manufacturers have developed their operating systems to run smart tvs, such as the LG operating system called Web OS and the Samsung operating system called Tizen.

Difference between Smart TV and Android TV

Smart TV has these features:

  • Directly connect to the internet and access online content
  • Easy to use, have a user-friendly interface
  • Inbuilt applications like Facebook, YouTube, and Netflix
  • Gaming applications
  • Users can watch and stream movies and videos
  • Variation in prices, user affordable
  • It can be used as a personal PC
  • Receive recommendations or updates about your preferences and trending OTT
  • Have parental control feature in which you can control what your child has to watch
  • A laptop or smartphone can be mirrored for a big screen convenience

What is android tv?

Android TV is quite similar to smart TV with a minute difference, i.e., it has an AndroidAndroid operating system powered by Google. In this, users can access the Google Play Store, where many apps and games are accessible. In Android, we can download and update the latest app versions. Chromecast and built-in Google Assistant can be accessed for a better TV experience. Its app store has over 7000 regularly updated apps, just like android smartphone users can download.

Difference between Smart TV and Android TV

Android tv features are:

  • Google cast
  • Apps and streaming
  • Support games
  • Google Assistant voice control and search
  • Affordable

The key difference between Smart TV and Android TV

Difference between Smart TV and Android TV
Categories Smart TV Android TV
Concept It is a wide concept It is an active subset of smart tv
Updation Applications can't be updated Like android mobile, android TV can also be updated because developers push new updates regularly. When connected to Wi-Fi, it does automatic updation of applications.
Operating system Smart tv runs on Android OS, Tizen OS, Web OS, Fire OS, Google OS, etc. Run on the android operating system developed by Google
Navigation Applications are easy to navigate on the homepage of a smart tv screen Support several apps that need to navigate according to the requirement
Voice Assistant It doesn't support voice assistants, the user must enter content with a full keyboard. It has an in-built Google voice assistant by which users can easily switch channels or search programs without any input device.
Screen mirroring and casting It is not possible on a smart TV without other projection equipment It is quite possible in android tv user can directly screen mirror your favorite application from an android phone to Android TV by Google Assistant and built-in Chrome cast or Google cast
Pros Application of games,
It can work with other devices,
Make life easy,
Provide full entertainment
Google Home can be managed easily by Google Assistant,
compatible with android smartphones,
easy updation of applications,
feature of screencasting and voice assistant,
UI can be used with an easy and quick search function
Cons Limited apps and firmware,
Expensive, the issue with privacy and security, use an operating system that becomes obsolete with fewer updates.
Increase expenses (purchase of specialized gadgets), security issues, and need to sideload programs.
Support application Not every application is supported by smart Tv operating systems. Many applications are easily accessible like:
Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Disney Hotstar, etc.
Brands Some of the smart TV brands are as follows:
& others
Some of the AndroidAndroid tv brands are as follows:
One plus
Xiaomi &
According to market The large scale of manufacturers that acquire and dominate the market by providing accessibility to the several features The small scale of manufacturers having limited availability to Google-related applications or software


At last, both (smart tv and android tv) offer lots of facilities and availabilities to end users. Yet smart tv doesn't support many features like android, but the choice depends on the user's requirements and taste. Technically both are equipped with advanced technology, but all matter is user need and choice.

"A Smart TV can or cannot be an Android TV but Android TV always a smart TV."

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