What are the Latest Features in Smart TVs?
If you are purchasing a new TV in 2020, it is most likely that you are paying for a smart TV. Over the years, the television industry has gone through significant changes. From plasma TVs to LCDs, and now smart LED TVs, the way we consume content has changed, and along with it, the TVs we purchase. Most of the TVs we find in the market today are smart TVs, and with the entry of brands like Mi, VU and OnePlus, smart TVs today are more affordable than ever, and also come with a plethora of new features and the latest technology.
Smart TVs inherently come with internet connectivity and app support and let you stream movies and shows from OTT platforms like Netflix and HotStar without requiring a plug-in streaming stick. Modern smart TVs also provide the flexibility to connect to smart home devices, while most of the smart TVs integrate voice assistants like Google Assistant and Alexa for ease-of-use and greater convenience. Furthermore, smart TVs from brands like LG and Samsung also come with their own proprietary smart TV platforms.
If you are searching for a new smart TV, here are some of the latest features that come with modern smart TVs, along with some of the best 32-inch TVs available today.
1. Home Cloud
The Home Cloud feature, introduced by Samsung last year, which now comes with all of their new models, enables users to free up space on their smartphones by transferring the data to their smart TV wirelessly and automatically. Furthermore, users can also use a data stick to transfer the files and store them in a pen-drive, keeping their information safe and secure.
The best part is, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to buy a Samsung smart TV. The Samsung 80cm (32-inch) N4305 Smart HD TV (UA32N4305ARXXL) comes with a price tag of just Rs. 13,990, making it the best 32 inch LED TV currently available in the market. It has some nice features and has a refresh rate of 50HZ. Some other features include Mega Contrast, PurColor, Micro Dimming, and more.
2. Universal Search
Most of the popular brands like LG and Samsung, along with the new entrants in the Indian TV market offer universal search with their smart TV models. Users can navigate to the ‘Universal Guide’ option on their home screen, where they can browse through all the TV shows, movies, and matches.
Universal search makes it easier for the user to search for their preferred content, instead of going to individual OTT platforms or applications. Furthermore, users can also customize their searches by setting their favorite genres, sports, favorite teams, and game notifications.
3. Personal Computer
Most smart TVs now enable users to mirror their laptops, so that they can work on the big screen of the smart TV for greater convenience. For instance, the Samsung 32-inch (80 cm) Smart HD TV (R4500) provides consumers with the option to turn their smart TV into their personal computer, where they can either work from the cloud, mirror their laptop, or remotely access their office computer, making it the best TV in India in its price range. The 32-inch Samsung TV also comes with Bixby’s voice assist, 4-channel surround sound, and Live Cast features, making it one of the best 32-inch LED TVs currently available in the market.
SmartCast adds additional zing to the Android TV platform, enabling you to cast content to your TV screen. SmartCast lets you cast your favorite movies, TV shows, and games from your smartphone or your tablet. Furthermore, once you turn on the SmartCast TV, you are provided with three rows, with one row for specific TV shows and movies, the next for recommended content, and the last row with all your apps.
Thus, you can download the SmartCast app on your mobile phone or tablet, and select the content you want to cast to your smart TV from the list of programs, such as Netflix, YouTube, and Prime Video. However, this feature is currently only available in a few Vizio smart TV models.