February 9, 2023

Like all other devices, TVs have evolved quite a bit in recent years. Browsing through channels has become an indispensable part of life for many people. Instead, they want their TV to become an entire entertainment system.

Virtually every TV manufacturer still relevant has jumped on this trend, with varying degrees of success. Devant TVs are somewhere in the middle in terms of capabilities. While they may not be the best option, they provide a decent experience.

However, there is some confusion about how the interfaces of their smart TVs work. Let’s clarify some of the most common issues related to the apps these TVs support.

How smart are they?

When they hear “smart TV,” most people immediately think of Android. This is expected as the biggest smart TV manufacturers have this platform. But for better or for worse, Devant opted for a different approach.

Some older models of their smart TVs came with the Opera App Store, based on the popular browser. But users weren’t too happy about it, as it had some issues that made Devant’s TVs less smart than they should be.

The Opera App Store then got a revamp and became the Vewd App Store, part of a comprehensive operating system that is much more capable than its predecessor. It comes pre-built into the new Devant models, such as the LTV900, and offers various types of content, from on-demand videos to all kinds of apps.


So what about updates?

It’s actually very simple: there are none. Vewd manages all the apps in the store through Vewd Cloud, from where you access and download them. This means there are no downloads or manual updates. Instead, all apps are updated automatically and all users get the latest version as soon as it rolls out.

In addition to the apps, Vewd Cloud also manages the media player, device settings, privacy controls, and many cloud-based services. This should ensure a seamless entertainment experience that brings together all kinds of content.

Currently there are about 1,500 apps in the Vewd App Store and the number is growing steadily. It’s not always a smooth ride, of course, as apps can still malfunction. A good example of this is Plex, which didn’t work for a while and caused some commotion within the community. Fortunately, Vewd got it working again.

This brings us to the downside of this kind of cloud-based access. Since you can’t update an app, you can’t downgrade it either. This means that if an update contains bugs, all you can do is wait for the Vewd team to fix it.

For whatever reason, Devant doesn’t use the full Vewd OS. Instead, the latest models use Vidaa U2.5 OS with Vewd App Store integration. While the operating system is decent, it still has some limitations. For example, there’s no way to install third-party apps like Android TV users can. Still, it offers enough entertainment options for the average user.


Hit or miss?

It’s safe to say that Devant’s approach to smart TVs is quite innovative. Cloud-based services make it easier to manage apps and remove the hassle of downloading and updating apps.

But as you can see, this approach is not without its shortcomings. Not every update that rolls out works perfectly and your options are pretty limited when this happens. There’s no downgrading or uninstalling, so you’re pretty much stuck with what you get.

Do you use Devant smart TVs? If so, what is your experience with Vidaa OS and the Vewd App Store? Tell us about your experience in the comment section below.

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