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What is the difference between a Smart TV and an Android TV?

The jargon used for TV’s seems to get more convoluted by the day. A distinction that seems to confuse many people is: What exactly is the difference between a Smart TV and an Android TV?

Short answer is “Smart TV” refers the hardware and capabilities of a TV and “Android TV” refers the software that runs on some Smart TV’s.

If that didn’t answer your question I’ll explain in greater detail….

First let's define our terms;

Hardware: The machines, wiring, and other physical components of a computer or other electronic system

Software: The programs and other operating information used by a computer or other electronic system

Or to put it simply “Hardware” is what your TV is made of and “Software” is what makes it tick.

So, to answer our original question, an “Android TV” is a Smart TV that is running the Android Software and a “Smart TV” is a Smart TV that does not run the Android Software.

Now this begs the question, which is better? Well that depends on what you want to do with it!

If you want simplicity and don’t want to faff around with picking and choosing from millions of apps; go with a Smart TV like our extremely competitively priced TCL 65” UHD Smart TV, The TCL 65” Smart TV runs propriety TCL software and comes equipped all the major apps like Freeview, Netflix and Youtube as well as the TCL app store, TCL app store has a smaller but more judicious selection of applications than the Google Play store.

Speaking of the Google Play store that’s what makes an Android TV, like our cheap as chips ($2,199) TCL 75” QUHD Android TV, Monstrously huge Android Smart TV.

Android TV’s also come with a range of pre-installed apps, like Stan, Netflix and Youtube (on our TCL 75” Behemoth), and its access to the Google Play store, and its full range of apps, gives you the capability to tweak and specify what your TV can do to make it the perfect entertainment powerhouse. With the Google Play store the possibilities are practically endless.

But, at the end of the day, whether you go with a 4K UHD Android TV or 4K UHD Smart TV you will still be viewing big screen action in breathtakingly awesome detail and clarity.