Can the Sony NSZ-GS7 or Vizio Co-Star save Google TV? (click for full article) Dec 6, 2012 8:00 AM "You have to give Google TV credit-it isn't a quitter. Despite the lackluster reception of the first Google TV-powered products back in 2010, the company has refused to throw in the towel. Instead it has regularly revamped its software to address some glaring issues, such as its initial inability to access Google's own Android marketplace (since rechristened Google Play). But it's still not clear whether even the latest improvements-which include being able to perform searches using voice prompts-will be enough for the platform to gain traction against a growing list competitors, including Apple TV, Boxee TV Live, and Roku. What makes Google TV different from most of the other set-top boxes is that Google TV devices are meant to be placed between your cable or satellite box and your TV, so that whatever is playing on live TV shows up as an option when you search for movies or TV shows. It also means you no longer have to toggle between inputs as you do with most other boxes, which are connected to a secondary HDMI input. When you're not using Google TV, the box shuts off, so TV signals go directly to your TV. Among the latest Google TV products are standalone streaming media players from early supporter Sony (the NSZ-GS7) and Vizio (the Co-Star). We tested them in our labs, but recently found out that Google was updating its software. In addition, Vizio also revised its software for improved HDMI stability and better Netflix performance, so the boxes were retested."