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Android TV vs WebOS vs Tizen – What is Best Smart TV OS ?

Are you looking to buy TV, and trying to know about TV OS like Android TV, WebOS and Tizen? Here this article helps you compare Android TV vs WebOS vs Tizen. Operating System short form of OS, we all heard about importance of Operating Systems when considering Smart Phones and Computers. The common widely available operating systems for computer are Windows, Linux and MacOS. Then it comes to smart phone, Android and iOS are most familiar.

Similarly, when it comes to Smart TV, we depend on the operation systems which play a role. Smart things always require operating system which is the bridge between hardware and software parts and execute the user’s actions in efficiency and user-friendly way.  So now what matter is how the OS will perform the smart things, how user-friendly manner which did that job, and satisfy the people.  These criteria decide which one is the best TV OS. But it varies on people with different needs, and how comfortable them to use and familiar with OS.

Comparison Chart : Android TV vs WebOS vs Tizen

There are lots of TV OS available in markets which used by different TV brands, those are Android TV, WebOS, Tizen, Firefox OS and Ruku TV.

Here, we see about the most familiar TV OS which known to most of us, and people always getting confused about which one is best to go.

I will give comparison table about Android TV vs WebOS vs Tizen which is used in the most popular TV brands SONY, LG, and SAMSUNG, respectively.

These 3 TV OS are best in market as per current TV market sale stats. Also, which is used by the best TV brands.

Comparison MetricsAndroid TVWebOSTizen
Popular TV Brand Sony uses Android TVLG uses WebOSSamsung uses Tizen.
ManufactureGoogle developed for Android Smart phone, later used to smart TV.LG developed only for LG Smart TV.Samsung developed for Samsung smart phones and Smart TV.
User Interfacea. UI is not good compared to other WebOS and TizenOS.

b. Use whole screen for home page.

c. To navigate to other apps, you should open home page and navigate.

d. So, program your watching has been disappear while opens home page content.

e. App Icons and folder gives older look, which suits for past era.

f. We can customize the order of contents.
a. Provides best UI compared to Tizen and Android.

b. Content are displayed in taskbar at bottom row, where we can scroll and navigate to other apps.

c. Unlike Android, we can look for other contents while watching the program, since content are scrolled at bottom taskbar.

d. Apps Icon give rich look.

e. Icons and folder content take less spaces.

f. We can customize the order of contents.

g. Recently visited shows first.

h. Pause one app, open other apps, then return to previous app and resume from where you pause.
a. Provides better UI than Android.

b. UI looks quite similar to WebOS.

c. Navigation works same way WebOS does.

d. Provides option to view recently viewed content and apps.

e. Also add second level rows for some content or app, which shows the details about the selected apps.
APP Supporta. Supports all Android App which available in Google Play Store.

b. App counts are large.

c. If you are looking for large app collection, Android is best.
a. Supports only apps which available in LG Content Store.

b. App counts are less.

c. Basic Apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube and Hotstar are supported.
a. Supports only apps which available in Tizen Store.

b. App counts are less.

c. Basic Apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube and Hotstar are supported.
Screen casting (Mirroring your screen from smart phone to TV screen)You can do screen casting using the Android TV’s built-in feature Chromecast.WebOS uses its own SmartShare feature to do screen casting.On the other hand, TizenOS uses SmartThing feature to do screen casting.
Voice AssistanceUse Built-in Google Assistant for Voice Commands.

Supports Alexa Voice Assistant using external voice recognition device.
WebOS uses Built-in Think AI for Voice Commands.

Also, it supports Alexa Voice Assistant, Google Assistant without external device.
TizenOS uses Built-in Bixby Engine for Voice Commands.

But, supports Alexa Voice Assistant, and Google Assistance using external voice recognition device.
Connection with Internet Of things (IoT) Controls all the smart devices with smart TVAndroid TV uses Google Assistant to control other IoT devices (smart devices) with TV.WebOS also uses Google Assistant to control other IoT devices (smart devices) with TV.Tizen uses SmartThings to control other IoT devices (smart devices) with TV.
Popularity Statistics As per 2018 report here10% of sold TV uses Android OS.12% of sold TV uses WebOS.21% of sold TV uses TizenOS.
GamingThere are a greater number of gaming option available in Android TV, also you can install any games and play.You can only play very limited number of games which offered by the LG Store.Same as WebOS, you can only play very limited number of games which offered by the Tizen Store.
Remote Controla. Allows to control your Android TV using Smart Remote App in your smart phone.

b. Not all the apps can control using smart remote app.

c. We can control using Google Home as well.
a. Allows to complete control your LG TV using LG TV Plus app on Smart Phone.

b. We can play the content without screen casting using LG TV plus app.  
a. Allows to control your TV using Samsung smart phone.

b. We can switch on TV using your Samsung Smart Phone.

c. Private Listening – This allows to listen your TV audio directly to you Samsung Smart Phone.
Comparison Chart : Android TV vs WebOS vs TizenOS

Refer the following images which gets to know about how this operation systems UI looks,

Android TV

Android TV OS
Android TV User Interface

WebOS

WebOS LG UI
WebOS LG User Interface

Tizen

Tizen Samsung OS
Tizen Samsung OS User Interface

Conclusion:

As I said earlier, deciding the best TV OS between Android TV vs WebOS vs Tizen is up to individual perspective and their own requirement. People who looks for rich view and UI is important, then go with WebOS or Tizen. Both are equally best, choice either of one is wise decision. If you have Samsung smart devices at home (smart phones, and smart watches), then go with Tizen. But if you are depending on number of Apps and games, then Android is best, they offer ‘n’ number of apps which allows you use like Android Mobile.

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