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Sony NSZ-GS7
The NSZ-GS7 will be priced at $199

Sony and Google have partnered up for a new set-top box that will finally be released late next month.

The set-top box, called the NSZ-GS7, will be made by Sony and run Google TV. It was initially announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, and now has a release date of July 22.

The NSZ-GS7 Internet player will allow owners to use Google Chrome browser for Web searches, purchase apps from the Google Play Store, access favorite sites like YouTube and search content available from both broadcast providers and the Internet for custom videos on demand.

The new Internet player will also come with a remote that features a backlit QWERTY keyboard, a three-axis motion sensor for gaming and a touch pad for easy navigation.

"Expanding the reach and interoperability of the powerful Android platform with Sony's smartphones, tablets and renowned Audio & Video products, we are proud to continue our relationship with Google through the introduction of the new Google TV set-top-box," said Phil Molyneux, president and chief operating officer of Sony Electronics.

For the first time, the U.S. will not be the only country to receive the new Google TV product. The United Kingdom will also receive the NSZ-GS7 in July, with Canada, Germany, France, Australia, Mexico, Brazil and the Netherlands to follow.

In addition to the NSZ-GS7, Sony and Google will also release the NSZ-GP9, which is a Blu-ray disc player with Google TV. This particular player will be available for $299 this fall, and will also be released in the U.S. as well as Canada, Australia, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

The NSZ-GS7 will be priced at $199.

This isn't Sony and Google's first shot at Google TV-powered devices. Back in 2010, the two released four Google TV-enabled Sony HDTV flat-screens in 24-inch ($600 USD), 32-inch ($800), 40-inch ($1,000), and 46-inch ($1,400) varieties.

Despite being in the game awhile, some believe Google and Sony still don't have it right. According to Sam Biddle with Gizmodo UK, the NSZ-GS7 is no better than its Sony/Google predecessors. Biddle mentioned issues starting with setup, where he had trouble connecting to a wireless network, looking for byzantine IR codes for the remote, and searching for a new Pioneer receiver. From there, channels had trouble loading, certain commands were not recognized and unexplainable green screens would pop up.

However, Biddle did have a couple of nice things to say. Start up is instant and it doesn't take much to pull up a live list of TV shows to watch. But overall, Biddle said he wouldn't recommend the NSZ-GS7 to anyone.

The Verge didn't seem completely satisfied with the new device either. It gave the NSZ-GS7 a score of 5.8 out of 10, citing problems like a lackluster app selection, the need for more Google TV content and the device becoming really hot. But the review did mention some good, like simple hardware with well-placed ports, great universal search functionality and a faster and more responsive interface.

Source: Sony

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Apps, apps, apps.....WTF?
By GotThumbs on 6/25/2012 12:40:40 PM , Rating: 2
It's just stupid to think that something this new is going to have gobs of apps for these guys to play with. If they want angry birds....screw them. That can come later. It's unrealistic to expect a new product would have a yar or two's worth of outside development of third-pary Apps.

Maybe Google just needs to make this a tablet like system where the user gains the same functionality as an ICS tablet, but add on build in DNLA functionality and the Google TV stuff.

I'm waiting for these reviewers to come out with their very own product that fills the every whim of the general public from day one.

Apples smart TV will just be the simple integrating of an Apple TV/Itouch/Ipad functionaliy into a TV. Now with the 4k resolutions being in development for some time...maybe Apple will release it with the higher res....but all they have to do to please these App run IOS and link to itunes. Its a very simple solution and Apple gets one more IProduct they can overcharge its fans for.

RE: Apps, apps, apps.....WTF?
By nofear4COMment on 6/25/2012 1:00:39 PM , Rating: 2
It is over prices, $200? I would say $119.95 which is I'm generous.

Maybe Google just needs to make this a tablet like system where the user gains the same functionality as an ICS tablet, but add on build in DNLA functionality and the Google TV stuff.

AppleTV is $99....Hello??????? Sony and Google do you guys having any clue?

RE: Apps, apps, apps.....WTF?
By retrospooty on 6/25/2012 1:14:57 PM , Rating: 1
"It is over prices, $200? I would say $119.95 which is I'm generous."

seriously... I wouldnt use it if it were free.

RE: Apps, apps, apps.....WTF?
By MadMan007 on 6/25/2012 2:06:27 PM , Rating: 2
If it was just the set-top box, yeah...the remote seems pretty nice and isn't just a simple IR remote either. Still won't sell a lot at that price though.

RE: Apps, apps, apps.....WTF?
By Reclaimer77 on 6/25/2012 3:10:12 PM , Rating: 2
AppleTV is $99....Hello??????? Sony and Google do you guys having any clue?

LOL Apple TV is garbage. It doesn't even have a browser! Oh and I hope you like being slaved to iTunes for every thing you want to do on it!

The Roku 2 HD is $59....Hello?????? Apple do you have any clue?? :P

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