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.
I’ve been waiting for the arrival of google tv on the 2021 TVs! But the “content specific” approach I love took a hit when Netflix decided to block the deep linking which made it possible. The result, a crippled Watchlist which is the heart of the users ability to organize and quickly access the shows they follow. It’s a very depressing turn of events.
Roku is way behind Android and Fire TV but they are unmatched in support. They are really good at keeping old hardware feel fast (outside of bloated apps that third parties make)
This article can be a little confusing, according to research/sales, Roku is the leading smart device (TVs, USB, Boxes etc), not best selling Smart TVs, TV side of things, Samsung is the market leader.
Does anyone remember the FirePhone? I almost bought one a while back, so glad I didn’t. It sits alongside the Zune in the hall of shame.