Sony launches Google TV powered set-top box, fails to impress

| July 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

First unveiled at CES 2012, Sony has at this time officially announced the NSZ-GS7, the house’s first ever Google TV powered flow-top box. For Google TV in vague this is an important launch subsequent experiencing a rocky first year, to propose it mildly, with founding partner Logitech abandoning the platform completely and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt’s unperformed promises that the system would ship with "most TVs" by this summer.

Sony’s Google TV powered dispose-top box is already up notwithstanding pre-order priced at $200 and resolution be available in the US and UK, through a ship date of July 9 followed by in-store availability on July 22. The NSZ-GS7 should in addition launch in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico and Netherlands later this year.

The resort itself has a clean design that enjoin blend with the rest of your diversion gear. In terms of ports and connectivity you dispose HDMI in and out, built-in Wi-Fi, digital optical out for audio, an IR blaster, Ethernet, two USB, and each AC connection for the power cable, that thankfully doesn't need a bulky power brick.

Inside is a dual-core Marvell chip, 8GB of built-in storage, and Android 3.2 Honeycomb running the spectacle. The unit ships with a double-sided distant, featuring a touch pad on any side and full keyboard on the other.

Unfortunately, at minutest looking at early reviews, it doesn’t have the appearance that Google will be conquering the masses’s living rooms any time quick. Most agree that the concept at the back of Google TV is compelling and the hardware in disquisition — for the most part — lives up to Sony’s capacity standards. But the Google TV software continually doesn’t feel polished enough. In Cnet’s words, “It's buggy, just DVR integration really only works according to Dish Network subscribers, and it tranquillize lacks dedicated apps for services like Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant, and MLB.TV.”

Reviewers furthermore took issue with the remote, what one. is a step up from the unit that shipped with the Logitech Revue, limit is still overly complicated, more than a single one other home theater remote.
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