Android TV is a special version of the core Android OS, designed for TV’s and stand-alone digital media players, like set-top boxes and related streaming devices. Actively supported by Google that gives all devices some of the same features: cast support, the normal launcher, and voice search. With the Google Play Store, users can find apps and games that are completely optimized for a TV.
What’s the Android Open Source Project (AOSP)?
Android Open Source Project supports devices from a variety of manufacturers like SDMC Tech that run Android with perhaps some OEM modifications. Apps and games will likely not be optimized for a TV.
Android TV vs Android Open Source Project (AOSP)
The difference between Android TV and AOSP, lies in the operating system itself.
（Android TV vs AOSP）Android TV has a special users interface and services that are designed specifically for a TV. Operators can customize their own launchers.
Android TV allows access to an increasing number of third-party apps and services through the Google Play Store.
By using AOSP, you keep total control of the user experience and can close off your environment to the apps of competing third-party services.
Google has done most of the work. Development time is minimal, as DRM support, search, recommendation and more all work ’out of the box ’, greatly speeding up your time-to-market.
Even though traditionally, Android TV has had higher hardware requirements than AOSP, those requirements have lowered over time. Additionally, Android TV requires (much) less development resources.
To run Android TV, you need to run regular and timely upgrades. The associated costs should be offset by massive savings on development costs associated with new features and functionality, though.
· SEARCH & RECOMMENDATION
Recommendations, Search and Assistant work ‘out of the box’ within Android TV.
The Android TV feature-set is difficult and expensive to emulate on AOSP. On Android TV, most features ‘just work’ and are constantly enhanced.
Even though the Operator Tier Certification allows the use of custom Android TV launchers, there are still limits to the amount Android TV can be tweaked and changed. AOSP has no such limitations.
PROS and CONS for Operators
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Android TV VS AOSP, which one should you choose?
As we know, Android TV is specifically designed for TV’s and stand-alone digital media players, It takes a minimum of development time for OEM’s to add advanced interactive TV capabilities to their devices. The most complicated thing for customers is that Android TV project needs certification for each project. SDMC got Android TV license and we have the ability to submit a certification to Google. However, whether Google is willing to certify the project and model, it is depending on how big the project is. Google will provide more support to operators compared with Retailers.
If you need to access android app ecosystem and have the ability to meet Google’s licensing requirements, Android TV will be good for you. If you have your content and don’t want to spend time on Google’s Android TV certification, it’s no doubt pure Android will be your best choice.