Written by Laurence

Compare the Android smart platform to WebOS and Tizen

Want to buy a new smart TV? Keep in mind that with each brand, you get access to a specific smart platform. Each platform differs in appearance and offers different apps and functions. For example, Android TVs have an integrated Chromecast and Tizen TVs support the iTunes app. The range of apps on particular platform also changes over time. On this page, we'll list the most important differences.

Compare Android, webOS, and Tizen

Android WebOS Tizen (Smart Hub)
Brand Philips and Sony LG Samsung
Appearance Full screen Row of cards at the bottom of the screen Beam at the bottom of the screen
Account needed for app store Yes No Yes
Most important apps Netflix, YouTube (Kids), Spotify, Google Play Films, Videoland, Plex, and Disney+ Netflix, YouTube (Kids), Spotify, Google Play Films, Videoland, Plex, Disney+, and Apple TV (for TVs from 2019 and newer) Netflix, YouTube (Kids), Spotify, Google Play Films, Videoland, Plex, Apple TV, and Disney+
Most important missing apps Apple TV NOS and TuneIn Google Play Music
Remote Standard Magic Remote One Remote
Voice control Google Assistant ThinQ AI Bixby
Control via app Google Home LG TV Plus app SmartThings
AirPlay 2 Yes, on some Sony TVs Yes, on 2019 OLED and Nanocell TVs Yes
Google Cast Yes Yes No

Appearance

Android smart TV menu

Android - full screen

The Android TVs from Sony and Philips look almost identical. The system was developed by Google, so you might recognize elements of the Android smartphones and tablets. The menu fills the entire screen. This means that the images that you are currently viewing are hidden. The most important apps are displayed below each other on the left. You'll also find a row of recommendations per app. Via the buttons at the top, you'll get access to the settings and the Play Store where you can download new apps.

LG WebOS menu

WebOS - colored cards

When you open the WebOS smart menu, a row of colored cards appears at the bottom of the screen. As a result, the images that you view at that moment remain largely visible. Each card represents an app or function. You simply adjust the order. This way you put your favorite apps at the front, so you can navigate to them faster. If you select an app like Netflix, you'll see an extra bar with different previews above the menu.

Tizen Smart Hub menu

Tizen - narrow bar

The smart menu of the Tizen operating system is called the Smart Hub. This menu looks like a narrow bar and only fills the bottom of the screen. This keeps the images you view partly visible. If you select an app, you will see a new bar with recommendations above the menu. The connected devices and settings are on the left. With QLED TVs you will also find the Ambient Mode or Art Store with which you display artworks on the screen.

Apps

Android TV Google Play Store

Android - Google Play Store

To download new apps, you need a Google Account. This gives you access to the Google Play Store, which has an extensive range of apps and games. The Android app range is very extensive and is constantly growing. LG TVs from 2019 have Apple TV. If you live in the Netherlands, you have access to Disney+.

LG Content Store

WebOS - LG Content Store

The advantage of WebOS is that you don't need an account to download apps. After downloading an app, it automatically appears in the row of tiles. Only 2 of the most important streaming services are missing, namely Tidal and Apple TV. Disney+ is available on webOS, but only if you live in the Netherlands.

Samsung App Store

Tizen - Samsung App Store

If you want to download apps from the App Store, a Samsung account is required. You will find a large selection in the App Store, of which Apple TV is the most important recent addition. This allows you to view the films and series from your iTunes library. Disney + has recently been available in the Netherlands for smart TVs from 2017.

Note: difference in available apps

For every smart platform, the range can vary per country and TV. Apps can also disappear over time.

Remote

Sony and Philips remote

Android - traditional remote

Almost all Sony and Philips TVs have a traditional remote control. These have the arrow and number keys that you are probably used to with your current remote control. Some Philips TVs have a remote control with a keyboard on the back, which allows you to type searches quickly.

LG WebOS Magic Remote

WebOS - Magic Remote

Many LG TVs include a Magic Remote. If you point it to the screen, a cursor appears. You can select an option by pointing at it and clicking it as you would with a computer mouse. This saves you a lot of pressing on arrow buttons.

Samsung Tizen One Remote

Tizen - One Remote

Almost every Samsung TV comes with a One Remote. This remote control is just as minimalistic and user-friendly as the Smart Hub. With the arrow keys in the middle you quickly navigate through all options. You also control all connected devices with this, from your Blu-ray player to your digital decoder. Because of this you do not always switch between different remote controls.

Voice control

Voice control via Google Assistant

Android - Google Assistant

Android TVs have voice control via Google Assistant. This allows you to control the TV as well as also other Google devices in your house. With a simple voice command, you can dim the light from your smart lamps. With the next command, you can start a YouTube video. You can just as easily ask what the weather will be like. Your TV displays the weather forecast on the screen right away.

Voice control via ThinQ AI

WebOS - ThinQ AI

The speech assistant of WebOS TVs is supported by ThinQ AI. Although the extensive support is not yet available here, you do already have access to some basic functions, such as the recording of searches. As a result, you can start a YouTube video or go to a website quickly and easily.

Voice control via Bixby

Tizen - Bixby

Samsung TVs have their own speech assistant, called Bixby. You can turn on the TV with a simple voice command, adjust the volume, or search for a YouTube video. You can also easily request extra information about the weather and time.

Control and cast via app

Android Chromecast and Google Home

Android - Chromecast

Because Android was developed by Google, these TVs have an integrated Chromecast. This allows you to easily stream content from your smartphone to the TV. The advantage of casting is that the images adjust to the size of your TV right away. You can also easily do something else on your smartphone while you're casting. There is hardly any support for AirPlay 2 at the moment. Only a few Sony TVs have this, such as the AG9. Philips is expected to expand AirPlay 2 beyond these models in 2020.

LG TV Plus app

WebOS - LG TV Plus app

TVs with webOS have the LG TV Plus app, which gives you all the basic functions of a remote control. You can also use it to select connected devices or apps. Via the Screen Share function, you can share the images from your Android or Windows device with the TV. You can easily display holiday videos via your smartphone or tablet. If you want to stream from an iPhone or iPad to the TV, you'll need a TV with AirPlay 2. At the present time, AirPlay 2 is only available on 2019 OLED or NanoCell TVs.

Tizen SmartThings and Smart View

Tizen - SmartThings

You control Tizen TVs using the SmartThings app for your smartphone or tablet. The SmartView app offers a screen mirroring function, which allows you to send images from your device to the TV. You'll have to adjust the proportions of the images to the TV screen. With some apps, like YouTube, you can cast videos to the TV with the push of a button so that they have the right proportions right away. Via AirPlay 2, you can stream images or music from an Apple device to the TV.

Conclusion

When you only use a smart TV to occasionally watch YouTube or Netflix videos, ease of use is especially important. Thanks to the clear menu and the innovative remote controls, WebOS and Tizen have a slight advantage here. Android is slightly less user friendly when it comes to TVs, because the platform was originally developed for smartphones. These TVs do have an integrated Chromecast and Google Assistant. This is especially useful if you want today's most comprehensive speech assistant or if you have other smart devices with Google Assistant.

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