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Sony Keeps Google TV Alive With New Blu-Ray Player, Set Top Box

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    Sony keeps Google TV alive with new Blu-ray player, set top box | Crave - CNET (click for full article)

    "LAS VEGAS--Sony was one of the few early supporters of the Google TV platform, and the company is doubling down on its bet with two new home theater products at CES 2012.


    Sony announced an updated version of its Google TV-powered Blu-ray player, the NSZ-GP9, as well as its first-ever Google TV set-top box, the NSZ-GS7. Both products will feature all of the improvements made in the most recent Google TV update, including access to apps in the Android Market.


    The major upgrade from last year's model is the new touch-pad remote, which supports gestures via three-axis motion control. There's also a touch pad on the front, plus a backlit keyboard on the back. The remote is almost certain to be an improvement over the frustrating, bulky controller included with last year's Sony NSZ-GT1. Sony also touts voice search on the NSZ-GP9's remote; it's not clear if the set-top box will have the same functionality.


    From the press photos, the exterior design also looks to be significantly improved from the bulky look of the Sony NSZ-GT1. The set-top box is also an important product in the context of Google TV, as it's the first alternative to the discontinued Logitech Revue.


    If Sony's voice and gesture control work well, they'll help address one of our major criticisms of Google TV so far, which has suffered from either poor or bulky controllers. But even if Sony's controller is perfect, Sony's hardware will still have to contend with the shortcomings of the Google TV software, which is still plagued by bugs, blocked content, and missing premier apps like Hulu Plus.


    No pricing is available yet for either models, with the NSZ-GP9 Blu-ray player coming in the summer and the NSZ-GS7 set-top box coming in the spring."
     
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    Sony Stays Committed To Google TV, Releases Two New GTV Products At CES 2012 | TechCrunch (click for full article)

    "Sony released the first Google TV product back in the fun days of 2010. Since then, the smart TV platform has survived more than a year of criticism and a major overhaul. It's still far from a industry leader, that title is head by Samsung's SmartHub, but Google is sticking with it. And so it Sony.


    Today at CES 2012 the company took the wraps off a new media streamer and Blu-ray player - both with built-in Google TV. Like the first incarnations, these models feature several Sony-centric apps. using Sony apps Media RemoteTM and TrackID® for Android and iOS mobile devices, users may achieve cross-device connectivity. TrackID, a Sony Shazam clone, comes built-in along with the goods necessary to control the GTV from an Android or iOS device.


    Both models also ship with a redesigned backlit keyboard, a touchpad with support for gestures and three-axis motion control. The Blu-ray model even sports a built-in microphone for Google voice search. Because, you know, people don't yell at the TV enough already.


    The NSZ-GS7 Network Media Player and NSZ-GP9 Blu-ray Disc Player will hit retailers this summer at unannounced price points."
     
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    There's some more info on what's next for GTV ... Sony's Google TV Streamer Picks Up Where the Logitech Revue Left Off

     
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    Take A First Look At The Sony NSZ-GP9:
     
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