Several Google TV platform updates announced at Google I/O

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As expected, one of the Google products to get some attention at Google I/O is the Google TV platform. Google continues to increase consistency across product lines and Google TV is no exception. The UI has been updated to provide access to the Google Play store that is similar to that found on other Android devices. Consumers can purchase movies, music, and TV shows through the store. Because Google Play works across devices, one will be able to start a show on one device and continue watching it across other devices.

Beyond the interface with the Google Play store that most consumers will see, Google is making improvements to the APIs, libraries and code that is available to developers. This should improve the availability of apps on the platform, such as the recently announced Sirius XM app. » Read the rest

Hands on with Sony’s new Google TV units

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Sony showed off their brand new Google TV set-top boxes today, which include the NSZ-GS7 for $199 and the NSZ-GP9 for $299. The difference between the two is the Blu-Ray player that’s included with the NSZ-GP9. That model won’t be available till later this year, while the NSZ-GS7 will be available next month. The main differences between this year’s models and last year’s is they are now made with an ARM processor and the remote control has been totally redesigned. The new remote features a full QWERTY keyboard, a touch pad for easy navigation, and a three-axis motion sensor for gaming. Also Sony is the first manufacturer to bring Google TV outside the U.S., which I’m sure everyone abroad is excited about.  Hit the break to check out all the cool stuff.

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SiriusXM and Howard Stern is coming to Google TV soon

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There should be a lot of Google TV news over the next couple of days so to kick things off, the SiriusXM Internet Radio App will be available on Google TV soon.  This is the first time that the SiriusXM programming and SiriusXM 2.0 features will be available on connected TVs.

“Working closely with Google, we developed the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for the new Google TV, giving subscribers another platform to listen to their favorite SiriusXM programming at home,” said Sean Gibbons, Vice President, Product Management, SiriusXM. “SiriusXM Internet Radio is currently available online and on smartphones and other connected devices.  With SiriusXM on Google TV, we are giving even more consumers the ability to get the premium audio entertainment they enjoy from SiriusXM on their televisions.”

They will demonstrate the app at Google I/O today at 3:00pm PST. Hit the break for all the key features of the app along with the full presser.

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VIZIO announces the Co-Star Google TV set-top box for $99

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Back at CES, VIZIO showed off the VAP430, which was a standalone Google TV set-top box. It looks like they re-branded it as the Co-Star. Other than the full blown Google TV experience, it will include VIZIO’s new stream player and OnLive cloud gaming. In fact the Co-Star will be the first steaming player to feature OnLive Gaming. We had a chance to check out Onlive Gaming at CES and it’s pretty cool.

The Co-Star comes with a Bluetooth remote that lets you touch, tap, scroll, and drag. It even has a full QWERTY keyboard. Other features include support for 1080p Full HD, 3D video, Wi-Fi, USB port  to connect hard drives, keyboards and other peripherals, and DLNA so you can enjoy photos, music, and movies from any DLNA-enabled phone, tablet, or computer on the TV screen. We can only hope it has the play to feature that was lacking in the Logitech Revue.

We fully expecting a new version of Google TV to be announced at I/O so we’re hopeful the Co-Star will come pre-installed with it. It’s going to be priced at $99 and pre-orders will begin in July with free shipping.

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Google TV Will Get A Big Update At Google I/O

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Google TV has had a rocky start with Logitech pulling out and adoption rates overall pretty low. But Google is not giving up. In fact, as we already expected, Google will be announcing a big update during Google I/O this week. The update is said to combine live TV listings, your own DVR content, and Netflix. The idea is to put content front and center.

The Mountain View company is certainly dedicated to making Google TV a success. Through several learning sessions during I/O, Google will help make it easier for developers to get their content onto the platform. Partners are also being added, such as Sony who announced that their NSZ-GS7 Internet Player with Google TV will be available July 22nd for $199.

It is not yet known exactly when the update will hit and what devices will get it, though I’m sadly expecting it to bypass my Logitech Revue.

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Google TV to hit the UK from July 22nd

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The beauty of Android is that it is powerful, flexible and customisable enough to run more than just smartphones and tablets. You can throw in televisions, PMP’s, cameras and even refrigerators if you look hard enough. If you’re a UK based Android enthusiast, chances are you’ve been looking enviously across the pond at our state-side friends with their fancy Google TV‘s and Google TV set top boxes. The good news is that very shortly you’ll be able to see what all the fuss is about as Sony is set to launch the NSZ-GS7 Internet Player in the UK and US simultaneously from July 22nd. Sony and Google have also confirmed that the device will also launch in Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Mexico and the Netherlands shortly thereafter. The nifty little box and innovative universal remote will set you back a cool £200 in the UK and $200 in the US.

It’s fair to say that the small selection of Google TV set top boxes have received mixed reviews so far however it’s still nice to finally have the option here in the UK. I’d also say it’s a safe bet we’ll get a look at the future of Google TV at the Google I/O in two days time.

Will you be an early adopter and grabbing Google TV’s long overdue debut into the UK market? Check out the full press release and be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

 

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Pre-Order Sony’s New Google TV Set-Top Box For $199

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One of the major reasons the Logitech Revue Google TV set-top box didn’t catch on is that it launched for $299, a price point that was hard to swallow for a first-gen device. Logitech bailed and put it on $99 clearance (which is when I got one).

Sony is learning from Logitech’s mistakes and is launching its new NSZ-GS7 Google TV set-top box at $199, a more reasonable price point, especially for a device running the latest version of Google TV. It also comes with a QWERTY keyboard remote with a track pad/button combo on the flip side. Looks like a very nice package, and now you can pre-order one from J&R. No word on when it will ship, but the page does state it’s “coming soon”.

Tempted? Hit the source link to pre-order.

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Google TV to get another push at Google I/O

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Google TV’s growth might be slow, but it’s definitely not dead, especially since newer partners like LG and Vizio jumped onboard earlier in the year. Google I/O is all about development, and from looking at the lineup of sessions, Google really wants to show developers the benefits of Google TV apps.

I’m still a believer in Google TV so I’m hoping sessions like “Bring Your App To The Big Screen”, “Get Your Content On Google TV” and “Command and Control in Your Living Room: Building Second Screen App for Google TV” will spur developers into implementing some really special stuff.

I still think they need more standalone set top boxes. We know Vizio has one on the horizon, but they still haven’t announced a date. Maybe we will find out more at I/O, and hopefully it will at least have DLNA capabilities, which was lacking with the Logitech Revue.

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Kickstarter Project Pocket TV Makes Your TV Smart With Android 4.0 [Video]

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Smart TV set top boxes, as well as full-on integrated Smart TV sets, are becoming very popular these days. But how do you make your existing TV smart without adding another bulky box to your entertainment center? Kickstarter project Pocket TV could be the answer.

Pocket TV is a small computer running Android 4.0, with an HDMI output to connect to your TV or monitor. It supports 1080p output, Wi-Fi, has 4GB of storage, a microSD slot, and is small enough to fit in your hand. It has a 1GHz Cortex A9 processor, 512MB RAM, and a USB port for connecting a keyboard or external hard drive.

Since the device runs standard Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, it behaves more like a giant touchless tablet. To get around the fact that your TV is not a touchscreen, the makers of Pocket TV have come up with an interesting way to control the device. While a standard IR remote will work, as will a smartphone remote app, you also have the option to use their Air Remote, which is basically a keyboard about the size of a phone, with gyroscopic controls. Wave it around to control the screen, like a Wii.

This novel device already passed its $100,000 goal on Kickstarter with 31 days left, so things are looking good for this to ship in October. Get your Pocket TV and Air Remote bundle for pitching in $135 now, or wait until it’s released and pay $190.

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Google Expands Mystery ‘Personal Communications Device’ Testing to August

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While we’ve learned very little about Google’s “Mystery Device” since we first heard about it in February, more details have just emerged about when we may expect to see it.  According to a recent FCC filing, Google has asked permission to extend its testing period into August (it was July) before finally filing for an FCC review.  The device is being tested by Google employees in their homes in 4 cities around the US.  Because an FCC filing usually means a device release is imminent, it’s a safe bet to say we’re going to hear about it at Google I/O later this month.  Details have been hard to come by, but here’s what we know so far:

  • Google calls it a “Personal Communication Device”.
  • It has GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and an AC adapter.
  • It’s portable and streams data/content
  • It can be disabled remotely.

Since these little tidbits describe most consumer electronics these days, it’s hard to say exactly what this device will do or what form it may take.  We’re pretty sure that it’s not Project Glass related, as everything we know about Google’s magic glasses indicates it is still much earlier in the development phase.  More likely is some sort of media hub/Google TV device that could bridge the gap between TVs and Android phones and tablets, perhaps in a move to head-off  rumors of a certain fruit flavored company entering the television market.  It may also contain some Android @Home features which we’ve heard about before, but have yet to see in any real devices.

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via: InformationWeek