What OS Does the Samsung Smart TV Use?

Android's wider ecosystem and hardware support make it a popular choice for various devices, while Tizen provides a unified experience within the Samsung ecosystem, particularly for their smart devices like smart TVs and smartwatches.
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Yes, What OS Does the Samsung Smart TV Use? Samsung doesn’t make any television that runs Android TV. Instead, they all run their proprietary Tizen TV OS.

Tizen traces its route from the OS that powers Samsung smart devices like the watch. So if you find a Smart tv in Zambia it’s labeled Samsung and is running Android TV just know it’s an imitation.

So to begin with what is Tizen? Tizen is a Linux-based operating system developed by Samsung and is designed specifically for various smart devices, including smartphones, smartwatches, and smart TVs.

Tizen TV OS provides a user-friendly interface and supports a wide range of apps and features tailored for smart TV functionalities.

However, other than Samsung’s Tizen most smart TVs are run by Android OS.

What are the differences between Android OS and Tizen TV OS for Smart TV

Android and Tizen are two different operating systems used in various smart devices. Here are some key differences between Android and Tizen:

  1. Developer and Ownership:
    • Android: Android is an open-source operating system developed primarily by Google. It is based on the Linux kernel and is maintained by the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). It is used in a wide range of devices, including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and more.
    • Tizen: Tizen, on the other hand, is also a Linux-based operating system but was co-developed by multiple companies, with Samsung being a major contributor. It was primarily designed for smart devices like smartphones, smartwatches, smart TVs, and IoT (Internet of Things) devices.
  2. Platform Ecosystem:
    • Android: Android has a massive ecosystem with a vast number of apps available through the Google Play Store. The Android ecosystem is well-established, and many developers create applications specifically for Android devices.
    • Tizen: Tizen has a smaller ecosystem compared to Android. While it still supports various apps and services, it may not have the same depth and breadth as Android’s ecosystem.
  3. App Compatibility:
    • Android: Due to its popularity and wide adoption, Android has a vast library of applications compatible with various devices, including smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs.
    • Tizen: Tizen supports applications specifically designed for Tizen OS, which includes apps for Samsung’s smart devices, including smart TVs. However, it may not have as many third-party apps available as Android.
  4. Hardware Compatibility:
    • Android: Android is designed to run on a wide range of hardware configurations and is used by various manufacturers, leading to a diverse selection of Android devices in terms of specifications and price points.
    • Tizen: Tizen is primarily used in Samsung’s smart devices, including smartphones and smart TVs. While it is optimized for Samsung’s hardware, it may not be as widely available on devices from other manufacturers.
  5. Interface and User Experience:
    • Android: The user interface and user experience can vary significantly across different Android devices due to customizations made by manufacturers (e.g., Samsung’s One UI, Xiaomi’s MIUI, etc.) or user-installed launchers.
    • Tizen: Tizen’s user interface is consistent across Samsung’s smart devices, providing a unified experience for users within the Samsung ecosystem.
  6. Updates and Support:
    • Android: Android updates are typically managed by device manufacturers and mobile carriers, which can lead to delays in receiving the latest updates. Google’s Pixel devices and Android One program are exceptions, as they receive timely updates directly from Google.
    • Tizen: Samsung handles updates for Tizen-based devices, and the update process may vary depending on the device model and region. Generally, Samsung provides updates for its Tizen-powered smart devices.

Overally, both Android and Tizen have their strengths and weaknesses, and the choice between them often depends on the specific device and the user’s preferences and needs.

Android’s wider ecosystem and hardware support make it a popular choice for various devices, while Tizen provides a unified experience within the Samsung ecosystem, particularly for their smart devices like smart TVs and smartwatches.

It is worth noting that the popularity of Android OS for smart TVs also has led to imitations flooding the smart tv market in Zambia.

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