Smart TVs have been in existence for quite some time, but they were unable to capture the industry like they were meant to be. The good news is, a whole new breed of smart TVs is on the rise like T8 Android TV and Amazon Fire TV. It can completely transform any regular TV into a smart TV, and so, transforming your entire television watching experience.
T8 Android TV is a software system that is based on Android L OS. Dave Burke of Google clearly pointed out that Android TV is not really a new platform; instead it is based on the Android SDK for all form aspects. This means that developers will not have to start from scratch when designing applications for Android TV. They merely have to enhance their latest smartphone/tablet apps to take advantage of the full potential of the Android TV.
On the other hand, Amazon Fire TV is a small box, which connects the HDTV to a whole new world of internet-based entertainment. With its wide array of movies and television shows, a voice search features that works efficiently, along with exclusive features such as Amazon FreeTime, it is certainly the best way to enjoy Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, HBO GO, Netflix, affordable movie rentals, video games, music and a lot more.
T8 Android TV Pros and Cons
Pros: With T8 Android TV, you can watch your favorite TV shows, movies and videos directly on your television. It supports a number of apps like YouTube, Hangouts, Plex, iHeartRadio, Play Movies, Netflix, and many other services. Android TV is not just an ordinary TV, because it is actually an entertainment center. You can enjoy many Android games on the TV using your tablet or smartphone as a controller. Also, it supports split-screen game playing. And, one of the extremely coveted features of a video watching service, which is a feature for video resume, is promoted by T8 Android TV. It is possible to continue the film you were watching on your tablet/phone, once you switch on your TV.
Cons: Some of the cons of the T8 Android TV it is more costly than the others, and stability issues.
Amazon Fire TV Pros and Cons
Pros: Amazon Fire TV brings together all your favorite subscriptions and internet services together with Amazon’s massive collection of online content. Prime members can indulge in unlimited streaming of a large number of popular movies and TV shows that are commercial-free. Qualified customers may try Amazon Prime for one month at no cost. The Amazon Fire TV remote control has a built-in microphone so that you can easily search movies, TV shows and genres, by merely using your voice. Fire TV is also the most affordable way to play games on your HDTV.
Cons: The Fire TV search is effective enough, but limiting its search results to Amazon is a bad move. Also, the remote is a losable object. It is not clear exactly how much it will cost to replace the remote if it disappears.
Take your pick from the streaming devices that are available out there. Amazon says it is the new Fire TV, while Android claims they can deliver their promises with their T8 Android TV.