While Amazon and Roku are neck and neck for stand-alone streaming media player dominance, the same is nowhere near true for smart TVs, where Fire TV Edition TVs lag way behind Roku, which says it was the best-selling platform for smart TVs in 2020. Meanwhile, Sony continues to be all-in with Android TV for its smart TV platform of choice and has revealed that its 2021 TVs will run the new Google TV interface which is currently only available on the Chromecast with Google TV.
Roku says its Roku OS smart TV platform accounted for 38% of market share in the US and 31% in Canada, according to market research gathered by NPD from January 5th through December 26. Roku says that puts its smart TV platform in the lead spot for both regions, which means they’ve moved ahead of Samsung’s Tizen operating system.
Sony, which has been using Android TV as its smart TV operating system since 2015, has revealed its 2021 TV lineup. The entire lineup will be among the first smart TVs to use the new Google TV interface of Android TV, which debuted on Google’s new 2020 Chromecast. These TVs range in screen size from 50 to 100 inches and include both full-array LCD TVs as well as OLED TVs. Pricing and availability info has not been revealed.