Google is not a company known for its distinct product lines. Typical for this are Chromecast and Android TV. These two platforms have many identical features. However, they are still fundamentally quite different. So how to tell the difference between Chromecast and Android TV? In the article below, Internet-Tips will help you tell difference between these products.
What is Chromecast?
Chromecast is a Google product in the online media dongle market. These are usually small, inexpensive devices which do not require a physical controller to function. They connect to your TV via HDMI and act as a receiver when you watch content from other devices.
When you plug a Chromecast into the TV, there’s no “home screen” or any traditional interface. It is just an empty page waiting to receive content.
You can control Chromecast using an iPhone, Android device or a computer installed the Chrome web browser. When you see the Chromecast icon in an app or on a website, click it. Select the device you want to see and the content will appear.
You can watch videos, listen to music or even emulate the screen. Image transfer is enabled by a protocol called Google Cast. Google Cast not only sends videos to the dongle Chromecast connected to the TV but also sends music to the Google Nest speaker.
Google Cast is a bit more complicated. It is related to protocols (devices with “Chromecast built-in” feature). Google Cast is not related to Chromecast devices, but it can be used with Android TV.
What is Android TV?
Android TV is one of those multimedia devices running Android. It’s typically found on decoding devices like Nvidia Shield which is larger than Chromecast. However, Android TV is also available on dongle like Chromecast or built into some TVs.
Unlike Chromecast, Android TV devices have physical controls. Android TV has a traditional home screen where you can open apps and games. It is similar to Roku, Amazon Fire TV or smart TV.
The easiest way to understand what an Android TV is about is to imagine it as a smartphone. It will have an app store where you can download apps and games and have a home screen and settings menu.
Just like Android phones and tablets, Android TV will include Google Play Store. You can easily download specific apps for Android TV, even premium games that you play on your controller.
The “Chromecast built-in” feature as mentioned above will be available on Android TV. While there are controls and home screens for interaction, you can still stream content to Android TV just like with Chromecast.
Which one is best for you?
So which device is the best option for you, this depends on a few factors including how much you interact with your TV, what you want to watch and how much your budget is.
Chromecast is suitable for normal entertainment purposes such as watching Youtube videos, watching Netflix or running photo slideshows. A lot of people use Chromecast as the second input into the TV. If you want to watch TV over cable, the Chromecast is a cheap, small and quite “smart” device.
Android TV can also do things like Chromecast. However, apart from the Chromecast built-in feature, Android TV has a full-interface operating system. You won’t need to rely on your phone or tablet to use Android TV.