Mi 43” Full HD is the best Android TV in India. For a pocket-friendly price you get a large collection of Games & Apps, along with voice command & search feature. Mi’s Patchwall OS (based on Android version 8) is the latest and offers a smooth user interface.
This makes the Mi TV a unique intersection of features and economical price (unlike other similar TVs).
But this, is just 1 of the 7 best Android TVs trending in India. To find out which others made it into the list keep reading further.
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7 Best Android TVs in India.
- 1 7 Best Android TVs in India.
- 2 All about Android TVs
Mi is the best 32” Android TV in India!
No other 32-inch TV offers as many features as this one from Mi (Xiaomi). In fact, it was Xiaomi that first made Android TVs affordable in India!
What you get is a fine-looking TV that you can control by speaking into the smart remote!
This Mi TV comes with ‘Patchwall’ Operating System which is based on Google’s Android Operating System version 8 (or Oreo, released in 2017). (Operating System is like an in-built Manager that runs your TV smoothly, behind-the-scenes).
What this means for you is a budget-friendly TV (many non-Android TVs are more expensive than this) and lots of content options direct from the internet. You can either choose an App from the preloaded ones or download more from the Mi App Store.
Although the number of Apps is lower than Google’s Play Store, you can find most of the popular ones like Netflix, YouTube, Hotstar etc. And in case you don’t find the App of your choice, wait for Mi’s system updates. The App you wanted might just be on it.
And as you watch more and more content online, the TV’s Operating System learns and gives you more relevant suggestions on your Home screen. If you’re a movie buff, don’t be surprised when the TV starts suggesting movies from your favorite genre.
But Apps and internet are not the only way to watch the content you want. You can also opt for screen-mirroring once in a while i.e. cast your Smartphone screen onto the big TV screen.
The voice control and search feature lets you use your voice as a remote. All you have to do is press and hold the ‘voice’ button and speak your query or command.
You can get weather updates, TV show recommendations or change channels and volume with just your voice! This TV thus combines the best of Android features like voice control, a large App collection, and screen casting to give you the best viewing experience!
This 32-inch Mi TV is a bestseller on Amazon. Really, you shouldn’t miss this one!
Available in different screen sizes (32”, 40”, 49”, 55” and 65”), this Kevin TV offers an alternative pocket-friendly choice. If you’re looking to upgrade to a good Android TV, then this one deserves your attention.
The TV comes with an Operating System that is based on Android OS (version 5.1 Lollipop).
With this you get a user-friendly interface with a variety of content options either preloaded into the TV (Twitter, Netflix, YouTube etc.) or available in the App Store.
The TV also offers a unique smart remote. The air mouse lets you point and click as you browse through movies and TV shows. If you watch YouTube, and Netflix more than other Apps then you’ll love the dedicated buttons on the remote for ease of access.
The TV supports screen casting so you can watch content from your Smartphone or tablet on the TV screen.
Since this one is a more economical model, you don’t get as many App and game choices like the Google Play Store but you get all the popular ones.
With a Full HD resolution, you can enjoy videos and shows in their 1080p clarity! As most of the content (broadcasted or streamed online) is produced in 1080p resolution, this TV’s size and picture quality is just right!
All-in-all, this Kevin Android TV is the most budget-friendly 40-inch Android TV in India.
At the screen size of 43-inches you can unleash the true potential of an Android TV. And this CloudWalker Android TV lets you do just that!
A screen of 43” falls in the sweet spot of not too big and not too small a TV. It is ideal to enjoy high-quality videos of resolution 1080p (i.e. Full HD) and to enjoy 4K (Ultra HD) content.
However, most 43” TVs only support full HD content, so even if you play a 4K video it will be scaled down to full HD level. Other 43” TVs that do come with 4K compatibility, charge a lot!
But, not this one.
This CloudWalker TV, is 4K Ready. So, it doesn’t scale down 4k videos like other (non-4K) full HD TVs.
Also, this TV uses CloudTVx2 Operating system which is based on Android OS (version 7.0 Nougat). This makes the TV affordable, without compromising on Android features like a large App collection, screen casting and smart remote.
With in-built Apps like Hotstar, Netflix, Alt Balaji, zee5 etc. you can start watching videos as soon as the TV is connected to the internet. You can also download more Apps from the Aptoide App store.
In case the movie of your choice isn’t available, you can watch it by screen casting it from your Smartphone. With regular software updates released by CloudWalker the App collection keeps growing.
The remote functions as an air mouse and comes with many shortcuts to smart features. Alternatively, you can download the C-share App on your phone and use it as a remote to control the TV or cast videos to the TV screen.
You get all of this at an attractive price!
For a price under 30000 you get a 43” large TV with large number of Apps and games, easy to use interface and voice recognition! Just connect the new TV to internet via a LAN cable or Wi-Fi and you can immediately start streaming music and videos.
The stylish and smart remote processes your voice on the press of a button and follows your command. You can thus get top news, movie suggestions and Sports updates simply by asking the TV.
Mi TVs use Patchwall Operating System which is based on Android OS (version 8, Oreo). This means most Android Play Store compatible Apps can be found in Mi TV’s App Store.
The user interface is familiar (especially if you use Android Smartphone) and easy to understand. And as the TV learns more and more about you (from your watch history) it personalizes your suggestions.
Soon you’ll start getting more relevant recommendations based on the content you’ve already watched.
The Bluetooth feature lets you connect external devices to the TV like headphones. Chromecast, on the other hand, lets you stream Chromecast compatible Apps from your Smartphone to the TV screen.
Overall, if you’re looking for a value-packed Android TV, this one’s for you!
Sanyo 49” 4K Ultra HD (Google Certified)
Choose any one of the 4 sizes (43”, 49”, 55” and 65”) and bring home an Android TV certified by Google! Technically, most Android-based TVs give you a larger App collection, personalized suggestions and voice command features.
Google certified Android TVs, offer all these and way better!
For example, this Sanyo TV comes with Android 8 (Oreo) version directly with blessings from Google (so no need for Sanyo to develop an Android-based OS).
This makes TV navigation smoother and hence more fun!
Figuring out ‘how to go back’ or searching for Apps won’t take much of your time. Just like no one teaches us how to use a Smartphone, this TV offers a user-friendly interface (so you can skip referring the manual).
And once you start exploring, the numerous Apps in Google Play Store will keep you busy. The Android system keeps learning from your watch history and gives you relevant suggestions. So, you can expect curated content popping up on your Home Screen.
The voice search feature comes with Google Assistant to bring you answers you’re looking for. Weather forecast, places near you, song suggestions, or Cricket updates.
You can ask any query into the remote and the TV will flash it on screen as quickly as possible. You also get a built-in Chromecast.
That means, any Chromecast compatible App on your Smartphone (look for the Wi-Fi-in-a-rectangle symbol) can be viewed directly on the TV screen, saving your phone battery and freeing it to take calls.
And if you’re worried about how much all this is going to cost you, then don’t. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to see the price!
Sony leaves no stone unturned when designing the best TV. Be it visuals, sound, user-interface or remote, Sony TVs are quite premium in their design, service and brand value!
In the Android TVs segment too, Sony offers nothing less than the best! This 49” Sony Bravia already leads with its excellent video and sound quality. Combined with Google certified Android, this TV opens up unlimited content options!
Endorsed by Google, this TV comes with the latest Android Operating System. So, you can expect a simple, lag-free experience as you navigate through the TV’s various smart features.
You can stream online content either from one of the in-built Apps or download more from the Play Store. Just like an Android Smartphone you can easily delete or download Apps you want, and play fast-action games without blurs and lags.
Chromecast, and voice control are other Android features that will keep you entertained all year round. With Chromecast you can mirroring videos from your Smartphone or tablet onto the TV screen without draining your device’s battery.
The voice control of this Official Android TV is one of the best. Why? Because it gives you the most relevant and recent data for your voice queries.
You can give search queries like ‘What’s the Cricket score?’, ‘Suggest romantic movies’ etc. and commands like ‘lower the volume’ and so on. The TV’s Artificial Intelligence algorithm gives you the best content suggestions and quick responses to your voice commands.
As Sony TVs offer value and quality unlike any other and so they’re pricier than others. But if you want the best, don’t settle for anything less!
Looking for a TV that has the best of everything— visuals, sound, features and smartness; no expenses spared? Then nothing can beat a Sony OLED!
OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) TVs use a unique type of organic pixels that produce their own light.
Pixels are responsible for forming the images we see on screen. Unlike LED TVs that need a separate light source to illuminate these pixels, OLED TVs need no such help due to their self-lighting pixels.
This is why OLED TVs are slimmest and have the best video quality of all TVs!
Sony brand is already known for never compromising on great visuals and sound. With this Sony OLED you will surely be in awe!
Combine this with Android smart features and you can reach viewer’s nirvana— you’ll have seen everything the world of TVs has to offer!
With Google Certified Android OS you get a large Play Store with most of the trending games and Apps. Simply by speaking into the remote, you can control the TV and make it do your bidding.
From ‘top Bollywood songs’ to ‘global news update’ you can ask Google for anything. On the TV’s 55-inch large screen every action and scene will pull you in!
You can expect regular stream of suggestions on your Home screen based on your watch history. You can even experience true Android technology with the TV’s quick response and relevant recommendations.
With so many content options to keep you entertained every day, you can enjoy your money’s worth. Because this TV is sure expensive.
But if you want the ultimate Android experience, no other TVs can come close to this Sony OLED TV.
All about Android TVs
What are Android TVs?
To understand what Android TVs are and what makes them so popular, lets first look at how mobile phones evolved.
The purpose of phones whether landline, mobile or Smartphone is making and receiving calls. The core purpose remains the same even today.
But mobile phones today are no longer used only for calling. They let us take better selfies, watch YouTube videos, play PubG among a number of other things.
And the more they offer, the more popular they get.
Do you remember this rough-&-tough cell phone from the old days? These fulfilled the phone’s basic purpose— of calling and receiving. There were no differentiating points other than price and design.
However, as technology evolved, mobile phones soon started offering internet connectivity (remember the 2G days?). These were the basic smartphones.
These basic smartphones were based on Operating systems (required for the phone to function smoothly and without hanging) that differed from brand to brand. For example, Nokia used Symbian OS, Blackberry used Blackberry OS and so on.
The focus had shifted from phone network to providing other features which included slimmer phones, and advanced Operating system. Every Operating system (OS) competed to be as user-friendly as possible.
Each OS came with its AppStore, from which you could download different Apps and games. Slowly a race started between how many Apps were made compatible with the Operating System (which meant more downloadable choices for us consumers).
Apple’s iOS, launched in 2007, was a breakthrough Operating System. It simplified phone usage (by providing just 1 ‘home’ button), a smooth & responsive touchscreen, and came with many interesting Apps in its App Store.
But iphones were (and still are) expensive.
And then in the year 2008, came Android phones.
Android phones were cheaper and easy-to-use, hence their popularity soared. Good smartphones had suddenly become affordable.
The fact that Android makers kept improving the Operating system and released timely updates, soon put Android smartphones on the top of the competition.
Soon the number of Apps and games available in Android PlayStore exceeded AppStores of every other Operating System.
Android Smartphones became the best-selling smartphones, globally. And Android Operating System, became the best Operating system in terms of technology, affordability and user-preference.
Something similar happened in the Television market.
The main purpose of TVs was to play broadcasted content. News, movies, sports and TV shows were recorded and then broadcasted on TV channels via satellites in space.
Antennas (now dish antennas/ satellite receivers) received these signals and streamed it on TVs when turned ‘on’. This is how we’ve always watched TVs.
The TVs got slimmer and competed to provide better video & audio quality. Their main purpose, however, was still limited to broadcasted content and occasional streaming from external media devices (like USBs, PC, Smartphone etc).
But as the phone industry had seen huge technological upgrades, it was only a matter of time that TVs would become a part of it too.
The first basic smart TVs were not that impressive.
They let you connect TV to the internet and gave some basic video Apps in their App Stores. But slowly, the Operating systems improved and kept adding more and more Apps to their App Stores.
The ‘smartness’ of TVs expanded to other features like Bluetooth, screen mirroring, and voice-activated control. All this time TV manufacturers worked hard to make their Operating Systems user-friendly and affordable.
LG developed WebOS, Samsung provided Tizen OS but it was Sony that first came out with Google Android TVs. Sony figured out that Android OS was already loved by users in the Smartphone segment so why not integrate it into TV’s too?
Although other Operating Systems offered ease-of-use and many Apps, Android OS TVs had an advantage over them all.
Since most users still use Android smartphones, it’s easy to navigate Android TVs without any extra effort.
There is no App Store with a larger collection of Apps & games than Google PlayStore. All the trending Apps and even not-so-popular Apps, can all be found in PlayStore.
In fact, you check it right now! Want to confirm whether the App you want will be available on your Android TV PlayStore or not? Look for it on any Android Smartphone’s PlayStore. If its there, you will get it on your TV’s PlayStore too.
Android OS also comes with its globally popular search engine— Chrome and Chromecast (for screen casting).
Android Operating System’s Google Assist is also the most advanced AI (Artificial intelligence) for recommending content and processing voice commands. All of these factors, differentiate Android TVs as the smartest smart TVs in the market.
Difference between smart TV and Android TV
|Parameters||Smart TV||Android TV|
|Operating System||Could be any like Tizen, WebOS, including Android||Google Android OS or Android based OS (Patchwall, Cloudtv etc.)|
|User interface||Not better than Android||Familiarity of Android smartphones makes Android TV usage the easiest of all|
|App Store||LG content store, App Store, Opera Store etc.||Play Store|
|Number of Apps in App Store||Lesser than Android||More than non-Android smart TVs|
|Trending Apps||May or may not be available||Always available in PlayStore|
|Screen casting & Bluetooth connectivity||May be erratic||Generally better|
|Voice control and search||May or may not be present||The best among all TVs|
|Watch-history based suggestions||May or may not be provided||Personalized suggestions provided with the best AI algorithms|
Android based OS vs. Google Android TVs
Many newer, low-cost Android TVs come with ‘Android based’ Operating Systems. In order to make an informed decision, you should know that Android based OS is different than Google Android Operating System.
Google Android OS is the proprietary of Google i.e. it’s the official Android. Currently, Sony, Sanyo and TCL are the only TV brands in India to offer Google certified Android TVs.
These TVs come with all Apps you can find in the PlayStore of an Android Smartphone. Their voice command and search are much more sophisticated and responsive.
You also get regular software updates from Google with the latest additions and bug fixes (Just like your Android Smartphone). However, this also makes TVs from these brands more expensive than others.
Sony, especially is considered a premium and expensive brand as it combines its superior visuals and audio with Google certified Android features.
On the other hand, TV makers like Mi, CloudWalker, Kevin, Sceptre and so on, offer budget Android TVs. These manufacturers offer their own Operating Systems which are based on Android OS.
Ever heard of Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat, and Oreo?
They aren’t just sweets, but versions of Google Android Operating System released in consecutive years. For example, Lollipop is Android version 5.0 released in 2014 while Oreo is Android 8 released in 2017 by Google.
The latest update is Android 9.0 (2018) codenamed ‘Pie’.
Budget Android makers come up with their own OS which are based on any one of these Android versions. Your ‘Android’ experience will thus differ on which version the OS is based on.
For example, Xiaomi claims to be the largest selling smart TV brand in India. Their Mi TVs come with Patchwall OS which is based on Android 8 (Oreo) version.
As this is one of the latest versions, you can access Google Playstore to download more than 3600 Apps along with using Google voice search and Chromecast built-in.
Operating Systems based on older Android versions might not give you all the above features.
So, does that mean Android based Operating System TVs are bad?
Well, not at all.
The difference between Google Android and Android based OS TVs is in the interface and features.
Android based TVs might not offer as many Apps as official Android PlayStore. Some Android features like Chromecast, Bluetooth, Google voice assist etc. might be absent or missing in Android based OS TVs.
But their pocket-friendly prices more than make up for it!
So, if you’re looking for a budget Android TV, Android based Operating System TVs (like Patchwall OS or CloudTV) offer the best combination of value and price.
But if you also want premium brand value and authentic Google Android experience, a Sony, Sanyo or TCL Android TV is a better option. Just confirm that the TV is a Google certified Android, before buying (usually its mentioned in the TV’s title itself).
Things to consider while buying an Android TV
Android TVs cost in the range of 10000 to 200000 Rupees. If you’ve read my guide above, you will already know it’s the official Android TVs that cost more. These are from brands like Sony, TCL and Sanyo.
Android based OS TVs come at budget-friendly prices.
To expand your budget, you can exchange your old TV on Amazon and get a good discount on the new one. On Amazon, you can also opt for the various debit and credit card discounts. You can even pay in instalments with a suitable EMI plan.
Many say when it comes to TV size— the bigger the better.
Well, try sitting in the very first row in a movie theatre and you’ll be reminded why no one likes front row seats, that’s because your eyes are under constant strain. The problem is not in the screen size but the distance, as the same theatre screen from a last row seat will not stress your eyes.
Same applies to TVs. Hence, the size of TV you should buy depends on the viewing distance.
Viewing distance is the distance between the TV (wall mounted or on table top) and the sofa or chairs from where you’ll be watching it.
To calculate the ideal size for your TV, divide the viewing distance (in inches) by 1.6 and you’ll know how large a TV you should go for.
Or look at this chart to find out the right size of TV for you, based on the viewing distance.
Resolution indicates the quality of the videos you see on TV.
The images we see on-screen are made of millions of tiny dots called pixels.
These pixels are arranged in vertical and horizontal lines behind the TV screen.
The more the number of pixels the higher will be the resolution of the screen and the better will be the video clarity. Resolution indicates the maximum number of pixels your TV can display.
So how do you find the resolution?
Well, the format used to describe the resolution of a TV screen is– (the number of pixels arranged horizontally) X (number of pixels arranged vertically).
So, a screen with (1366 X 768) resolution consists of 1366 horizontal pixels multiplied by 768 vertical pixels or a total of 10,49,088 pixels. Such a screen is commonly called a screen with resolution of 720p.
The world of High Definition starts at 720.
Most commonly available resolutions and the terms used to describe them are as follows:
720p (1366x768p)— High Definition (HD) or HD ready TV
1080p (1920 x 1080p)— Full HD TV
2160p (3840 x 2160p)— UHD or Ultra HD or 4K
Android TVs are available in all three resolutions. Buy the one that best fits your budget.
In the segment of Android TVs, Sony is the premium brand which combines the best of video & audio technology with certified Google Android interface. However, its expensive price tag is a huge deterrent.
But if you value brand reliability and reputation more than anything else then there’s no other TV brand that will make you as proud as Sony does!
This is followed by other brands like TCL, and Sanyo which do offer Google certified Android TVs but for a slightly lower price.
In the budget Android TV segment, there are many brands to choose from. Some of the popular ones are Mi, Kevin, Onida, CloudWalker, and Shinco.
- Internet connection
To stream high quality videos from Apps, to use voice search or to enjoy most of the “smart” features of your Android TV, the one thing you’ll need the most is a reliable internet connection.
You can get this from your local Internet Service Provider (as a LAN cable or Wi-Fi) or you could opt for a Wi-Fi modem from a phone Company (like Jio-Fi). With a regular internet connection, you can stream videos from Netflix, Hotstar, YouTube and so on.
- Other useful features
Bluetooth feature can be used to connect a sound system or an external media device, wirelessly. This gives your TV a less-messy look by cutting down the wire needs.
All Android smart TVs come with in-built Bluetooth feature that makes connectivity easier.
- Screen casting
Chromecast compatible Apps like YouTube can be directly streamed on TV screen via your Smartphone or tablet. However, the availability of this feature may vary from brand to brand.
With a few taps, the Screen casting feature also allows web browsing and e-mailing among other actions. This feature turns the TV not just into an entertainment hub but also into a work desk for you.
- Air mouse
Brands like Kevin pair up their Android TVs with a smart remote having an air mouse.
Air mouse lets you simply ‘point’ and ‘click’ on your TV screen. You no longer have to keep pressing up, down and right, left buttons to navigate through the TV options.
What do you think is more convenient? Having an alphabetical screen where you press navigation buttons to reach each letter?
Or just type the words you want through an alphabetic keyboard? The second one, right?
That’s exactly what these smart remotes offer.
Many of these air mouse equipped remotes come with an alphabetic QWERTY keyboard (like the one on Smartphones). This makes typing search queries easier (as you would be doing that a lot in Android TVs).
- Voice control and search
Voice search was first introduced in Smartphones with Siri and Google assist. This feature has now reached the TVs too.
Most Android TVs skip the typing part altogether by letting you speak to the TV via a voice receiver button on the remote. You don’t need to type, ‘Best Bollywood movies’, ‘top comedy shows’ and so on, you can just speak this into the remote control and the TV will obey.
Some Android TVs only let you control the TVs volume, channels and basic navigation with voice-activated control. Google certified Android TVs, however, support even general queries like, ‘What’s the cricket score,’ ‘Will it rain today?’ etc.
However, some latest versions of Mi Android TVs also offer voice control and search feature. So, check the TV’s specifications before buying to confirm its voice feature and what it allows.
Buying online vs. offline
Unlike buying stationary or books, TV is a significant and a costly purchase, and as consumers, we all want the best deal in terms of price and exchange offer.
So WHERE should you buy your new TV from, to ensure that you get the best price, better variety and not feel cheated after making the purchase?— online or offline? For this, you need to consider just three things:
- After sales service (i.e. installation and future repairs)
- And Exchange of your old TV
Many consumers misunderstand the seller’s role. The job of any seller whether online or offline, is only to SELL and DELIVER the new TV. Installation and repairs are NOT the seller’s responsibilities.
Keeping this in mind, if you want your new TV to be delivered within the next 24 hours, going to your nearest electronics store is a better option.
However, if you’re willing to wait, then buying online will give you so many more options and deals to choose from!
When buying from Amazon, you can also select your preferred delivery slot, so your TV reaches you when you’re available. You can also return or replace the TV, if you find any issues with the delivered one.
- After sales service
Once the TV is delivered, the seller’s job ends. To get the TV installed, you have to contact the customer care center of the TV Company.
You can schedule a suitable time to get your TV installed by contacting the customer care. (When you buy offline, generally the retail store executives make that call for you).
Similarly, for repairs, it is the customer care you need to call and not the seller. This is why the brand of the TV becomes important, as the quality of the after sales service depends on it.
- Exchange of old TV
Buying a new TV almost always means discarding an old one. But wouldn’t it be better if you could scrape some value out of it?
Both online and offline sellers, let you get rid of your old TV with a small discount in the price of the new one.
When buying on Amazon, you’re asked for the brand, screen size and condition of your old TV. You’re then given a discount that you can avail on your new TV.
The exchange procedure is simple. If you’ve opted for the exchange, the old TV gets picked up during the delivery of the new one. Convenient and transparent.
Another point to note is that salesmen in retail electronics stores get high commission on certain products. And hence they may aggressively ‘push’ those products on you. Don’t fall for it!
In conclusion, if you’re in a hurry then buying a TV from your nearest electronics store is the best option.
But if you want more variety, more offers and a good exchange rate for your old TV, buying online is the way to go. All from the comfort of your home!