09
Jun
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Here's a nice nugget of new for Google TV fans - we know you're out there. There have been rumors of an update to Sony's stylish NSZ-GS7 model (more colloquially known as the "Internet Player") for some time, and now they've made it official via the company blog. The NSZ-GS8 will be available for $199 starting in July, the online Sony store and the usual retail suspects. For the moment, Sony is selling the older model with a $30 discount, bringing it down to $169.99.

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So what's new about the GS8? Almost nothing. It's got the same hardware, the same capabilities, an almost identical build of Google TV. Sony didn't even bother to change out the press images on its website. For all intents and purposes, the Internet Player gets a single-digit change in its model number and a new lease on life. The only thing highlighted by Sony is the addition of a voice search function, accessible via the remote. (Note the little "MIC" opening in the photo below.) It's pretty much identical to the pre-Google Now Voice Search interface on Android.

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On the product page for the older GS7, Sony has added a blurb about voice activation, but notes that the NSG-MR7U voice remote (the one that looks like a TV remote on top and a Bluetooth keyboard on the bottom) must be purchased separately. It would seem that the microphone on the nearly identical remote for the NS8 is indeed the only feature added since the NS7. The NSG-MR7U voice remote is currently for sale in the Sony Store for $49.99, and explicitly states that it works with the older GS7 Google TV box.

Via Sony Blog

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://www.maverickcreative.ca/ Joshua Richards

    One of these companies needs to innovate and get this Android TV thing solved.

  • JLishere

    I have the NSZ-GS7 and it's still stuck on Android Honeycomb.

    • http://www.MyTabletLife.com Chris Garcia

      As is every Google TV device. It was announced last month that Android 4.2 Jelly Bean will be coming to Google TV devices starting Q3.

      • JLishere

        I definitely hope so. I understand that the NSZ-GS7 is 18 months old, but it's weird to see Sony launching a brand new GS8 model with essentially the same hardware - I just hope they're not discontinuing the GS7 altogether.

        • http://www.MyTabletLife.com Chris Garcia

          The GS7 is only a year old, and the GS8 is the same device it just includes the new remote with the mic, which you can order for the GS7.

  • http://ashrahman.tumblr.com/ Ash Rahman

    That remote just might be tthe worst thing I've seen since Spiderman 3. It looks like what people thirty years ago thought a remote would look today.

    • AndrewNeo

      Well that's too bad, because it's pretty much one of the coolest remotes I've used.

  • Kevin N

    I have the 7 and still no update. Got the new Roku and have to say its much better!

  • Jarl

    the setup of my gs7 is completely failing on me. i wanted to change the volume controls and was unable to. so i did a factory reset and now i cant choose any manufacturer in the TV/AV setup. i've disconnected the entire thing and am going to wait until i read about a 4.x update, that's how fed up i am with this thing (did i mention all the apps i cant even install??).

  • brommas

    If only I watched TV! Certainly wouldn't buy anything Sony. More ways for our habits to be monitored to sell us even more crap that we don't need.

  • Kobaljov

    I hope that it's not soo hot as the 7

  • eddiesantone

    direct dvr receiver will net respond to nsz-ns 8 sony internet player

  • eddiesantone

    can't use the ns8 remote .direct tv reciever does not respond.

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