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Hello, dear readers. Before we dive into today's post, I'd like to offer a small warning: this will be a longer than usual post, but I promise it'll be educational, entertaining, and well worth your time. In our community discussions, I've noticed a recurring question about the difference between smart and Android TVs. So, today, we'll answer this question and delve into the fascinating world of television technology. Let's get started.

The Big Picture: What is a Smart TV?​

Smart TVs and Android TVs might seem like distinct categories, but here's a plot twist: an Android TV is a type of smart TV!

Let me explain.

A smart TV is a television that goes beyond the traditional roles of displaying content from terrestrial or local sources such as DVDs. These modern TVs have unique capabilities, including internet access, fully unlocking their potential. Android TVs are a subset of smart TVs that run on the Android operating system (OS), similar to how iPhones are smartphones but run on the iOS platform.

Understanding the Ecosystem​

You might be familiar with Android due to its prevalence in the smartphone market. But in the realm of smart TVs, there are multiple operating systems. Besides Android, some popular ones include Roku (commonly used by TCL TVs), WebOS (run by LG TVs), and Tizen (run by Samsung TVs). And yes, Android is not the only option, nor necessarily the best. Platforms like WebOS and Roku have earned considerable acclaim for their performance and features.

Upgrading Your TV: The Magic of Firesticks and Android Boxes​

If your TV isn't smart, don't worry. It can be "radicalized to smartness" using unique gadgets like Firesticks or Android boxes. These devices, connected to your TV through the HDMI port, can upgrade your TV to a smart one. However, remember that many affordable TVs, especially those priced under 50k, may run on an outdated version of Android, limiting their ability to stream content on Video-On-Demand sites.

The Future is Smart​

While sticking to traditional TV might seem simpler, the world is evolving rapidly, and so is how we consume media. With the rise of streaming sites, DVDs are on their way out, and it's not inconceivable that local stations may shift from terrestrial networks to online platforms. So, ready or not, going smart seems to be the way forward.

The Convenience of Smart TVs​

Beyond media consumption, smart TVs can offer numerous conveniences. Some can even integrate with your smart home systems, allowing you to control lights, curtains, and more with voice commands. Imagine telling your TV to switch off the lights before you start a movie - that's the power of a smart TV.

Choosing Your Smart TV: It’s All About Your Budget​

When choosing a brand, your budget will be a significant factor. Affordable brands like Vitron, Skyworth, Haier, and Bruhm offer a large screen size for the price, but the software experience might not be as smooth. If you're on a budget, consider purchasing a Firestick or Android Box to enhance your online experience.

However, if you're willing to invest more, brands like LG, Sony, and Samsung offer top-tier smart TVs with excellent software. As for me, I use an LG for the living room, Sony for the bedroom, and Samsung for the kitchen.

Final Word​

As we look towards a future where online streaming takes center stage, it's clear that smart TVs, whether Android or otherwise, will be essential in our living rooms. While the initial setup and learning might seem daunting, their convenience and versatility are undeniable.

Lastly, I would like to honor my grandfather, who was the first to buy a Sony Music System in all of Kisumu and an individual who, I suspect, inspired my love for stylish and modern living. In his pioneering spirit, I continue to embrace technology and its potential to transform our lives.