Difference between Android TV and 4k TV

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This post differentiates between android tv and 4k tv. With so many different TV brands out there today, it is becoming very hard to come to choose which TV will be in your seating room, kitchen, or bedroom for many years to come.

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Most of us find it a bit hard to understand the basic differences between different electronics and for those that are not too updated about technology. Understanding the difference between a 4K TV and an Android TV can be fairly confusing. This article sheds more light and eliminates most of the confusion.

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Android TV

Android TV is a smart TV operating system based on Android. These TVs are developed by Google for television sets, digital media players, set-top boxes, and soundbars.

As a successor to Google TV, it features a user interface designed around;

  • Content discovery and voice search,
  • Content aggregation from various media apps and services, and
  • Integration with other recent Google technologies such as Assistant, Cast, and Knowledge Graph.
android tv and 4k tv
Some Tvs are both Android Tvs and also 4K at the same time, whereas others are not | image source: Hindustan Times


A 4K TV is one that offers 4K resolution. 4K resolution is a horizontal display resolution of approximately 4,000 pixels. Digital television and digital cinematography commonly use several different 4K resolutions.

In television and consumer media, 3840 × 2160 (4K UHD) is the dominant 4K standard, whereas the movie projection industry uses 4096 × 2160 (DCI 4K).

Resolution is a term that reveals to you just how densely these tiny dots, the pixels, are combined together on the display. Individual pixels collect together to make up the image you see on the screen.

Meaning the higher the pixel count the higher the resolution. The “K” in 4K stands for Kilo (1000), meaning a TV that has obtained a horizontal resolution of about 4,000 pixels.

Differences between Android TV and 4K TV

Firstly, Android TV is a smart TV Operating system whereas 4K TV is just a TV with 4K resolution.

Secondly, an Android TV can also have 4K resolution, meaning it can be both an Android TV and a 4K TV whereas a 4K TV can be an Android TV or Amazon or Roku or something else.

Thirdly, an Android TV is specifically made by Google while a 4K TV can be made by any TV manufacturing company.

Fourthly, an Android TV is built around the Android Operating system whereas a 4K TV can be built upon any Operating system the TV manufacturer wishes to build it upon.

And lastly, an Android TV can have any resolution while a 4K TV has to specifically have 4K resolution for it to be called a 4K TV.

Those are some of the differences between android tv and 4k tv.