2012-05-09 16h40_32

You guys remember Google TV, right? It's the project that every CEO and their mothers stood on a stage with to declare war on Apple's AppleTV hobby? Yeah, those guys have been pretty quiet since about that platform for a while now. Sony, however, got up the nerve to announce a new Google TV box at a special event in Palo Alto. Where "announce" means "say some words near, without actually talking about."

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Details one the device are scarce. In photos we can see that it comes with standard fare in the port department. A couple of HDMI ports, optical audio out, ethernet, a couple USB slots, and even an (optional?) space for an IR blaster. The remote, however, is what catches the eye. It's a dual-sided remote, which is useful, if not entirely original, idea. One side has a full QWERTY keyboard, and the other wields a trackpad, directional navigation buttons, as well as a slew of other necessary press-ables.

While the set top box itself looks nice enough, the remote looks ungodly awful. An overwhelming number of buttons is not only a sore sight on this remote, but has also been a problem for the many other Google TV remotes we've seen in the past.

Sony didn't have much to say about the device beyond showcasing the shell here, though the company says it will be released in the summer. This could very likely mean an appearance at Google I/O. Of course, the search giant will likely have its hands full, what with single-handedly upending the Android tablet market, but who knows? Maybe Mountain View will be able to squeeze some TV time into its busy schedule.

The panel discussion about the device was broadcast via Hangouts on Air. If you're a big enough fan of Sony and/or GoogleTV that you don't mind enduring some crappy audio/video quality, you can check out the full 50-minute panel discussion about the device below.

Source: Phandroid

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • https://twitter.com/#!/psycho_maniac_ Jerry Lange

    yeah, im prolly not going to get it. I'm actually thininking about selling my sony bluray gtv player

  • Ben Napper

    There's a microphone hole on that remote!

    • Zaatour36

      I did not pay attention to that, nice find :)

      maybe we can use Voice Search for fast search/commands and other integrated apps!

    • fixxmyhead

      yea im guessing its for voice actions

  • zurcaled11

    A lit keyboard is my biggest request for this next googletv remote. Oh and a stable shockwave and networks not blocking their website videos would be nice too.

    • Zaatour36


      Those two features are really important, as you mentioned
      1. lit keyboard
      2. a Browser with Ture Desktop user agent, which won't let undesired website (hulu n other sits) identify the system.

      I hope GoogleTV manufacture and GoogleTV team as well, really listen to customers, as it's been a long time since GTV been updated or come a new product.

  • http://www.nerdshowandtell.com nerdshowandtell.com

    Unless it sells for $150 or less, it will fail just like the last...

    • Zaatour36

      totally agree, no one wants to buy something as a price of a PC with limited functionality!

      I hope that will have a powerful CPU which can handle fast browsing for Flash and Java easily, not like the old Revue.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001421570875 John Fah-q Smith

    Didn't they get enough of the Pie when they lost Beta, but WON Blueray?!?!?!?!  :)

  • Amadeus

    I want, hopefully it's in the $150 price range.

  • Christopher Orr

    I saw this at Droidcon a couple of month ago; the remote is actually pretty good. It even has a built-in accelerometer.

  • http://thefwz.tumblr.com/ Fawaz Ahmed

    ok kewl Sony... now give us GoogleTV on the Playstation 3!! :)))

    • rheerani

      If that happened, Google TV will sell like hotcakes.

      Google are you listening, partnership with Sony, you'll get content and hardware while giving Sony the much needed software and a good Server security(also I don't think anonymous will ever attack Google or it's close partners)

  • Comfortbetrays

    It better have Mother Trucking DTS. My logitech box doesn't.

  • Freak4Dell

    I'm telling you, Google, all you have to do to make Google TV something that people actually want to buy is to turn it into Google TiVo. Add cable card support, 2 (or more) tuners, and a hard drive, and you've got yourself a winner.

    • bccbryan

      Totally agree! Right now I have my Windows Media Center with an HDHomeRun Prime. Either have cablecard support built in or HDHomeRun support would be just fine by me.

    • Scottie

      Totally agree.  They could integrate a Ceton PCIe quad tuner and HDD and this would blow away any cable box, TiVo, etc.

  • Chupacabras

    Well what happens after the big announcement early January within Marvell Armada 1500 devices which should be ready in Q2?

  • Tomáš Procházka

    I thik that for geeks and tech fas is remote controll like this fatastic, but for normal user is too much complicated.

    • raindog469

      Probably true, but if the alternative is to sell the "geek remote" for an extra $150 the way Logitech did, I think they'll do their brand less damage by shipping both a "geek remote" and an "old people and kids remote" in the box.

  • tBs_Battousai

    I'll take a wild stab in the dark and predict that it's not coming to the UK...

     also where is my bloody ICS update for my wifi xoom, Q2 they said so they've got about a week, why does it take six months to release it over here?!?! how much bloat are they shoving into the ROM?!?!

  • cashd00d

    This is the 3rd time this year that the Android blogs have reported on this box and called it "new". They should just release the dang thing already.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jack-E-Mabry-Jr/1726259049 Jack E Mabry Jr

    Ok, I have the Sony 40 inch Google TV for my main but dang, I'd sure like to hook this one up in my bedroom.  I love Google TV.