Android TV vs Smart TV: What’s the difference?

With so many different TV brands out there today it is damn hard to come to a decision on which will feature in your living room, kitchen or bedroom for many years to come.

Many of us have difficulty understanding the basic differences between various sorts of electronics and for those that are not too tech-savvy, understanding the difference between a Smart and an Android TV can be quite perplexing.

The two are very similar, you can even say that an Android TV is fundamentally a type of Smart TV. However, there are slight differences that could make one more suitable than the other for your home.

So we have decided to make it easy for you.

To solve this mystery and put an end to your troubles, we have comprised content that you, our valued customer, can use to pick the perfect TV to suit your situation. Here are the basics to help you differentiate between the two:

Smart TVs

Also known as an Internet TV, a Smart TV is any TV that can provide additional programs through internet connectivity.  It’s like having a computer built into your TV. Smart TVs have a few main features that differentiate it from normal TV sets, most predominantly its ability to connect to the internet and having multiple built-in apps such as Netflix, YouTube or Facebook pre-installed. However, most Smart TV operating systems aren’t upgradable so this means that when new apps or services, like Hulu or Kayo become available you may need to consider buying a whole new TV just to cater for them.

Pros and Cons of Smart TV

Pros

  • Simplistic, user-friendly interface
  • An all in one TV – No set up required

Cons

  • Limited pool of apps
  • Less frequent firmware updates – systems may become obsolete

Android TVs

Android TVs have the same features as Smart TVs, they can connect to the internet and many come with built-in apps, however, this is where the similarities stop. Android TVs can connect to the Google Play Store, and like Android smartphones, can download and update apps as they become live in the store. As a bonus many Android TVs are also making the addition of microphones to their TV remotes so they can utilise the Google Assistant as more and more people are asking questions hands-free.

Pros and Cons of Android TV

Pros

  • Vast app library
  • Continuous firmware and app updates
  • A Google product – connected with Google Play, Music, Moives, etc.
  • Google Assistant

Cons

  • More complicated interface – especially if not familiar with Android
  • Limited manufacturers – lucky you have us!

Which do I choose?

A Smart TV is usually a more expensive choice while being unable to match its opponent’s limitless features, it does however provide you with a much more simple experience, especially if you have not been fimilar with Andoird devices before.

Unlike Smart TVs, Android televisions can be easily updated over an internet connection, providing you with an up-to-date system. They also have an extensive range of applications via the Google Play Store that can cover many different areas when compared to a smart TV, giving you a greater amount options with what you can do with your TV.

The choice of TV will ultimately come down to what suit your needs and unique requirements. You need to take into account the differences and limitations of both devices and decide on what is more important to you. To ensure you are making the right choice, we recommend to make a list of your requirements or features that you TV must have and compare those products before purchase.