What you need to know
- 65% of responses indicate that our readers are most interested in Android/Google TV.
- Subsequent responses were in favor of other "portable" smart TV platforms.
- Many of these devices are currently on sale for Cyber Monday.
Cyber Monday is finally upon us, meaning there are plenty of smart home deals happening right now. With some of the best streaming devices currently on sale, we wanted to know what you already use or were interested in buying this year.
From the responses, most readers appear to be interested in Android/Google TV, which makes sense. The platform offers just about all the streaming apps and services you can think of, voice commands with Google Assistant and uses AI to recommend content for you based on what you already like. And if you're already using Assistant-enabled devices around the house, devices like Chromecast with Google TV will fit right in.
You can buy TV sets with Android/Google TV built-in like the Sony Bravia XR, which is currently on sale at Amazon. However, if you're just looking to transform your current setup with something inexpensive, there are some sweet deals on the Chromecast dongles.
Coming in second is Roku, which is still a popular platform despite the drama surrounding the impending loss of the YouTube app. IT offers cheap streaming players like the limited-edition Roku LE and more.
The same goes for Amazon Fire TV players, which are still seeing some impressive discounts.
Apple TV was a less popular option, which is fair considering the streaming players aren't the cheapest and the Cyber Monday discounts are pretty lacking. LG's WebOS, Samsung's Tizen, and Vizio's SmartCast platforms were also low on votes.
It seems like the more affordable smart TV platforms are the popular options during the biggest shopping season of the year, which makes sense seeing as we're all trying to save a few bucks.
The smarter TV
All the apps
Chromecast with Google TV is an excellent option for anyone looking to upgrade their TVs. It offers all of your favorite streaming apps and services, tailors content recommendations based on what you like, and has quick access to Google Assistant for all your smart home needs.
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