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Difference between Google Vs Android TV

Difference between Google Vs Android TV

There is a little confusion at the moment about the difference between what we know as an Android television and a Google TV. We thought is was worth clarifying things.

Android TV
Android TV is a smart TV platform developed by Google. It is based on the Android operating system and integrates with existing smart TV platforms to provide a unified experience across different devices. Android TV was first announced in June 2014, and it was launched in October 2015.

A major aspect of the platform is the ability to manage your smart TV apps. It provide access to subscription streaming services such as Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime, and others as well as video-on-demand services. Additionally, they allow you to watch free-to-air streaming channels.

Android TV offers a variety of features that make it a really attractive platform.

1. Android TV provides a unified experience across different devices, including TVs, set-top boxes, and streaming media players.
2. Android TV offers access to a wide range of content, including live TV, on-demand video, games, and apps.
3. Android TV supports voice search, which allows users to find content by speaking into the remote control.
4. Android TV also supports casting, which allows users to share content from their mobile device to their TV.
5.  Android TV comes with a set of APIs that allow developers to create apps for the platform.
6.  Android TV supports Google Play Services, which gives developers access to a variety of Google services.

Google TV

In reality, Google TV is the upgraded version that sits on the Android platform. It still uses the Android as the operating system but Google TV is what you see on your television. So what are the new features from what is really an Upgrade.

1. It has better content provision. Content from streaming services appear in one location rather having to skip from one App to another.

2. Google TV utilises machine learning algorithms to recommend future content based on your viewing history.

3. You can access Google TV across multiple devices not just the TV. You can make content selections on your smart phone and save for later. When you turn on the TV they will be there waiting for you to watch.

4. Google TV also offers control over smart home devices such and lighting mood or even your video doorbell. You can also manage this with Google assistant voice control devices such as Google Home.

5. Additionally, there is a content manager called Family link to control age based content to keep your children safe from inappropriate content.

If you currently own a n Android Smart TV you may find you get an upgrade to the new Google TV interface. Enjoy!

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