Smart TV Operating System Guide
In order to get the most out of the Smart TV, a worthy operating system is required. We discover together the operating systems of the Smart TVs of the various manufacturers.
Those who do not buy a new TV are now aware that in addition to the simple viewing of digital terrestrial channels, it is possible to take advantage of apps. Like a PC, web browser or smartphone on modern smart TVs we can install various applications (like Netflix and YouTube), it’s usually enough to connect the smart TV to the Internet (more often via WiFi, but also via Ethernet).
But even on smart TVs, we need to be careful about which manufacturer we rely on: in some cases smart operating systems offer very few apps , often not up-to-date, or rely solely on the browser to offer Web content in a very limited way. Let’s look at the best Smart TV platforms on the market.
Smart TV operating systems
If you are pointing to a brand new smart TV you can take advantage of the Android TV platform, which resumes the features of the most popular smartphone operating system and the TV port. Android smartphone owners can use the phone to control the TV directly using voice controls; Google Cast support allows you to send any video content from apps to TV (like a Chromecast TV will be “viewed” by the Cast symbol). The Android TV platform is growing and is in the current state of the art without any doubt the best platform to take advantage of Smart TV capabilities, taking the lead in Smart TV operating systems.
Sharp and Philips: Android TV or OS owner
Sharp and Philips also use Android TV on some models of televisions, but in this case the range is less wide than that seen on Sony. Blocked all the benefits already seen on Sony, but in this case you have to be more careful: Sharp and Philips also have a proprietary operating system that even though Smart features are not up to the platform offered by Android TV.
Panasonic: Firefox OS
Panasonic has believed in Firefox OS right from the start and the platform is among the best TV views: fast, with many app / webapps and Firefox embedded in the platform. You can now buy Panasonic TV with Firefox OS.
Samsung: Smart Hub and Tizen OS
Samsung offers two Smart TV operating systems, both valid and well-supported. Smart Hub is the historic Samsung platform, which is well supported by smartphones from the same manufacturer or other Samsung products (Decoders, Blu-Ray Players etc.). Tizen OS is the open source operating system developed by Samsung that offers more expandable style, Android TV.
Few TVs currently offer Tizen OS, but in the case of Samsung the difference between the two platforms at the moment is minimal, perhaps further on Samsung will only target Tizen OS.
WebOS is perhaps the most beautiful operating system graphically and with the largest number of applications. WebOS has a taskbar that opens from the bottom of the screen to choose which app to launch or which feature to open. The speed of this system is the strong point: you can switch from Netflix TV channels in less than 2 seconds. Make sure you buy upgraded WebOS (2.0 or 3.0) versions of your TV so you always have the most up-to-date apps for the most commonly used services (Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Movies etc.).