Question What are the differences between Google TV and Android TV?

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Google TV is essentially a layer on top of Android TV, providing a more content-focused, personalized interface. While Android TV focuses on apps, Google TV emphasizes movies, shows, and live TV from various apps and subscriptions in one place. Both support popular streaming services and Google Assistant.
 

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Google TV is essentially a layer on top of Android TV, providing a more content-focused, personalized interface. While Android TV focuses on apps, Google TV emphasizes movies, shows, and live TV from various apps and subscriptions in one place. Both support popular streaming services and Google Assistant.
What are Patchwall and PatchWall+ on Xiaomi TV?
 
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What are Patchwall and PatchWall+ on Xiaomi TV?
PatchWall and PatchWall+ are Xiaomi's custom user interfaces for their smart TVs. They offer a content-focused home screen, integrating various streaming services and cable TV into one unified interface. PatchWall+ is an updated version with more features and enhancements.
 

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PatchWall and PatchWall+ are Xiaomi's custom user interfaces for their smart TVs. They offer a content-focused home screen, integrating various streaming services and cable TV into one unified interface. PatchWall+ is an updated version with more features and enhancements.
What user interface would you suggest for a comfortable and smooth experience: Google TV or PatchWall+?
 

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What user interface would you suggest for a comfortable and smooth experience: Google TV or PatchWall+?
Both Google TV and PatchWall+ offer a smooth user experience. Google TV's strength is its personalized recommendations from various streaming services in one place, while PatchWall+ excels in integrating streaming and traditional TV. Your choice depends on your viewing habits and preferred content sources.
 
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Both Google TV and PatchWall+ offer a smooth user experience. Google TV's strength is its personalized recommendations from various streaming services in one place, while PatchWall+ excels in integrating streaming and traditional TV. Your choice depends on your viewing habits and preferred content sources.
Should I factory format my new smart TV?
 

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Should I factory format my new smart TV?
Typically, there's no need to factory reset a new smart TV unless you're experiencing issues. Factory reset is usually a troubleshooting step when the TV isn't functioning correctly. It will wipe all your settings and downloaded apps.
 
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Typically, there's no need to factory reset a new smart TV unless you're experiencing issues. Factory reset is usually a troubleshooting step when the TV isn't functioning correctly. It will wipe all your settings and downloaded apps.
Don't smart TVs come with bloats like on Windows and Android mobile platforms?
 

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Don't smart TVs come with bloats like on Windows and Android mobile platforms?
Yes, some smart TVs do come with pre-installed apps or "bloatware". However, most of them can be disabled or removed from the TV's settings. A factory reset won't necessarily remove these pre-installed apps.
 
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Yes, some smart TVs do come with pre-installed apps or "bloatware". However, most of them can be disabled or removed from the TV's settings. A factory reset won't necessarily remove these pre-installed apps.
What is the difference between "Vivid" and "Movie" color options, and which one is better or more natural?
 

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What is the difference between "Vivid" and "Movie" color options, and which one is better or more natural?
"Vivid" mode usually enhances colors, making them more saturated and brighter, ideal for animated content or gaming. "Movie" mode tends to offer more accurate, natural colors, and is usually calibrated closer to industry standards, making it better for viewing films or shows. For a more natural look, "Movie" mode is typically recommended.
 
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"Vivid" mode usually enhances colors, making them more saturated and brighter, ideal for animated content or gaming. "Movie" mode tends to offer more accurate, natural colors, and is usually calibrated closer to industry standards, making it better for viewing films or shows. For a more natural look, "Movie" mode is typically recommended.
I read that Android TVs don't receive version upgrades, but Google TV does. Is it correct?
 

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I read that Android TVs don't receive version upgrades, but Google TV does. Is it correct?
It's not entirely correct. Both Android TV and Google TV can receive version upgrades. However, the frequency and availability of these updates often depend on the manufacturer of the TV or streaming device, not the operating system itself.
 
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It's not entirely correct. Both Android TV and Google TV can receive version upgrades. However, the frequency and availability of these updates often depend on the manufacturer of the TV or streaming device, not the operating system itself.
Is the Android OS on smart TVs vanilla or vendor-customized?
 

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Is the Android OS on smart TVs vanilla or vendor-customized?
The Android OS on smart TVs is often vendor-customized. Different manufacturers may add their own user interface, pre-installed apps, and specific features to the base Android TV operating system. However, the core features and functionality of Android TV remain the same.
 
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The Android OS on smart TVs is often vendor-customized. Different manufacturers may add their own user interface, pre-installed apps, and specific features to the base Android TV operating system. However, the core features and functionality of Android TV remain the same.
Are there vendors who ship smart TVs with vanilla Android?
 

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Are there vendors who ship smart TVs with vanilla Android?
Yes, there are some manufacturers that provide smart TVs with a near-vanilla Android TV experience, such as NVIDIA with their Shield TV. However, most TV manufacturers tend to add their own custom interface or features to differentiate their products.
 
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