Since releasing their Chromecast dongle, Google has insisted the device will live alongside their Google TV platform. Evidence for this surfaced in a recent FCC filing by Sony for a device with the model number NSZ-GU1. The model number is similar enough to previous Sony Google TV boxes, the NSZ-GT1, NSZ-GS7 and the NSZ-GS8, that we can be pretty confident this is part of their Google TV family of devices. Unlike previous models though, the NSZ-GU1 was submitted to the FCC due to some wireless capabilities.
Sony announced a new addition to their line of Google TV devices, the NSZ-GS8 Internet Player. The device is the successor to last year’s NSZ-GS7. The big change for this year is the addition of voice search capabilities to the device. This is achieved just by speaking into the remote control and the unit will take things from there, displaying TV listings or search results if you happen to be surfing the web using the Google Chrome browser that comes on the unit.
Sony indicates sharing photos and videos from Android powered smartphones and tablets will be done seamlessly and wirelessly. Sony even makes sure those individuals stuck using an iOS powered device can use their Google TV device for viewing photos and videos through the Airtight app, which brings Airplay type functionality to the NSZ-GS8.
According to Sony, this new model will be available in Sony stores and other retailers starting in early July for $199. You can visit the Sony Store online to setup a notification for when the device is available for order. You may also notice the NSZ-GS7 has been placed on sale for $169.
source: Sony Blog
Last month we were able to spend some time with a couple Google TV set-top boxes made by Sony. The devices are the NSZ-GS7 and the NSZ-GP9, which were slated to be priced at $199 and $299 respectively. The price difference is due to the inclusion of a Blu-Ray player in the latter device which is scheduled for release later this year.
Sony had indicated the NSZ-GS7 would be available in July and they have delivered on that promise. If you are ready to invest in one of the units yourself, you can now place your order with Amazon. Just hit the source link to start shopping.
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.
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.
via: android central