Google TV was the search giant’s bet on 91 as OS in Chromecast 4, focusing on better integrating Android into the streaming device. However, the presence of Roku OS in Roku Express and in some models of televisions from Philco and AOC demonstrated the versatility that the software can deliver.
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Despite belonging to different companies, the systems show similarities that leave users confused about what the best alternative for your type of use.
On the other hand, some differences allow one platform to stand out from the other when thinking about a usage experience that goes beyond TV.
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Roku OS: popular with good value for money
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So, to find out which is the best option in the clash between Google TV and Roku OS, check out our comparison.
Despite the The popularity of Roku OS in Brazil is still not the greatest, when compared to other operating systems present here, the utility is already one of the most used in the United States, either as a standalone platform in dongles such as Roku Express or as an interface for smartTVs.
It is already considered the 4th largest operating system on the market worldwide, behind Tizen, WebOS and Android TV. This is due to the fact that it is a great option for cost-effective televisions, as is the case with models like the Philco PTV54RCG78BL that we analyzed on YouTube.
The interface stands out for having a intuitive navigation, eliminating any “learning curve”, preventing the user from losing a few days to adapt. All descriptions of the menus and applications are simple and this makes it easy to understand for those who are not yet familiar with the Roku OS.
Because it doesn’t have several built-in menus to group applications by category, it it is considered the simplest system in circulation today. Your home screen already displays everything that can be accessed in Roku OS in a grid that helps you organize your apps.
Its big plus is its advanced search field, capable of finding movies and series available on several streaming services simultaneously. In addition, it allows the organization of apps to make the user experience adapted to each person.
It is important to note that there are hundreds of applications compatible with Roku OS, but some focused on streaming series and songs have greater relevance to the Brazilian audience and can be accessed both in the version of the system for smartTVs and in the device manufactured by the brand itself. They are:
- HBO Max;
- Apple TV+;
- Amazon Prime Video;
The fact that the interface has this look more focused on streaming does not mean that TVs with Roku will be limited in content, since that there is the possibility of accessing TV channels through a specific app. Another option present in the utility is access to the Roku store in order to download new apps in a practical way and without leaving the couch.
For those who have the Roku Express device, the features are larger because you can add new apps to your TV using your mobile phone. You order the installation from your smartphone, and the app appears on television in a moment. Another feature of this integration with the official mobile app is the opportunity to control the television via the smartphone — via virtual control — and access various resources.
A highlight of Roku OS is the ability to listen the audio of what is being broadcast on television directly on the smartphone. So you can connect a headset to your mobile device and enjoy your TV without disturbing anyone in the house.
Google TV: constant updates make all the difference
Present in Chromecast 4, Google TV is a welcome and needed redesign of Android TV. The first generation of the “new system” on the search giant’s dongle was the big difference that the device needed to stand out in the streaming device market, which is increasingly competitive.
Since it was made available in Chromecast 4, several updates have been released to allow new apps to be added to the platform and deliver more options to users.
This agility of Google is reflected in benefit for those who are already used to the format of use of Android TV. This is because the experience is close, but with great positive points in the organization of the interface and in navigability.
A practical example of this is the fact that Chromecast 4 was one of the first devices available in Brazil to receive the HBO Max application, which was one of the most anticipated streaming services in the first half of 5195. DirectTV Go is another platform that receives improvements before on Google TV and, consequently, works better here.
The practicality of the operating system is also reflected in its synchronization with the Google account. Upon login, access to resources that were already present in the user’s database is instantaneous.
This way, it is possible to access contents that were purchased on Google Play Movies or YouTube through the device system, making it possible to review movies that have already been part of the personal library for some time.
Regarding the software, Google TV is a revamped version of Android TV, and this change came with the purpose of making the device independent of the smartphone.
A differentiating point of this novelty is the use of several particularities arising from the mobile version of the operating system, such as the Google Assistant. The feature is activated through the remote control — which has a dedicated button for this — and makes the user have access to several important communication tools on a daily basis.