Google I/O has come and gone with nary a mention of Google TV. Disheartening to say the least, but that doesn't mean that the platform is dead. Not while manufacturers keep making products for it. Products like the Vizio Co-Star. For $99, the Co-Star sits in the right sweet spot for Google TV device pricing. Combine the price with a remote that's smaller than a plank of wood, and OnLive gaming built right in, the little box actually looks like a pretty sweet deal. If Google TV is your thing, that is.
Estimated shipping for this device starts on August 14th. Of course, we'd be remiss if we didn't remind any potential customers that, while the device itself looks like one of the better and cheaper Google TV devices on the market, don't buy it if you're hoping for it to grow into something better. Very little about Google TV was discussed at I/O this year, instead favoring Google's Nexus Q as the media streamer of choice. What Google plans to do with the platform is uncertain and it may fall by the wayside sooner than we'd like. Still, $99 to put an OnLive streamer and a Google search box on your TV? Not a bad deal.