Android TV has transformed the Pay-TV industry over recent years. It has quickly become the hot topic within the industry with companies quickly implementing Android into their short- and long-term roadmaps. It is estimated that Android TV will more than treble its market share in both Smart TV and STB over the next five years
What is the difference between AOSP and Android TV?
When discussing Android, it is essential to know the difference between the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and Android TV. Although they are similar, they have some notable differences. AOSP is an open-source platform, which is led and backed by Google. It gives you the freedom to make a completely customisable user interface, allowing to add customised launchers and applications so that you can create your own unique experience for the user.
Android TV takes this one step further… It uses AOSP as the core operating system, but you also get all the benefits from the Google Play store, such as YouTube and other applications. Android TV is more closely monitored and controlled by Google. Before Android TV is sold, it must be certified to ensure that it meets the required standards and guidelines. This differs from AOSP; this is down to the open-source nature of AOSP, which gives developers the freedom to customise it how they like.
What is all the fuss around Android TV?
How has Android managed to take over from all the other readily available solutions out there? The customisable element allows developers to create a completely flexible set-top-box solution to meet the needs of the end-user. Every six months, Android releases a new operating system. The most recent version is Android 11. This results in Android TV always being up to date with the latest and most exciting features and apps. Users can have access to a variety of applications and features, which includes the Google Play store, voice assistant, PVR and many more. These features provide a range of benefits, which allow you to stay one step ahead of competitors. This allows you to significantly decrease time to market. Essentially you could have an end product within 6-9 months.
DTVKit's Android TV Solution
Let us do the hard work for you; our DTVKit DVB stack has been integrated with the Android TV Framework, enabling manufacturers to offer traditional broadcast content together with a whole host of Apps and IP services. The integration is fully compatible with all versions of Android that support the TIF. Manufacturers can benefit from the standard features of Android when they are developing their product. We also can provide you with full support with your Android TV solution with help from our support members.