Sony helps launch Google TV UK
Add easy internet access with Google Play Store apps and media to any TV.
Google makes it out of your browser and on to your TV
Google TV is to launch for the first time outside of the USA and into the UK thanks to Google and Sony releasing the Sony NSZ-GS7 set-top box this July.
Costing £200 or £300 if you opt for the Blu-ray version of the set-top box, these new Google TV boxes deliver second-generation Google TV to your TV.
Originally launched in 2010 as a US-only service Google TV came under fire from a number of quarters, so it has taken Google this long to polish the service enough for a global launch.
The new set-top box from Sony is designed to run alongside any existing services which run “underneath” Google TV.
The service will provide apps, films, rentals and web browsing with the help of a dual-sided remote control – that includes a full QWERTY keypad and can be controlled via a smartphone too.
The question is, with many TVs already offering smart internet service and with many homes already owning consoles or laptops can Google convince us this is something we all need?