On Thursday June 6th Sony announced the latest addition to its line of Google TV devices, the NSZ-GS8. The Internet Player is the successor to Sony’s NSZ-GS7, which it announced last year. The biggest change for this years model is the addition of voice search.
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Google unveiled a ton of astonishing new features, updates and applications at the Google I/O keynote on Wednesday, however something they failed to mention was the brand new update for their YouTube application for the Google TV.
Hisense Pulse is a new set-top box powered by Google TV that was first announced at IFA back in August. Its $100 price tag makes it one of the most affordable ways to introduce Google TV to your living room, and it comes with some nice features. If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on one, you can place your order now through Amazon. But you’ll have to be quick if you want it before Christmas.
Google is gearing up to offload Motorola’s set-top box business as it looks to concentrate its efforts on competing with Apple’s iPhone. The company has been trying to sell Motorola Home Business, which supplies set-top boxes to cable television providers, for around $2 billion, and it has reportedly received multiple offers already. Once it’s gone, Google will focus on high-end smartphones.
AirPlay is one of Apple’s killer features in iOS or the Mac. As long as you have an AirPlay-compatible speaker or, better yet, an Apple TV in range, you can automatically stream video or audio to another device, all without pairing first.
Now according to a new report, Google wants to not only launch its own bonafide AirPlay competitor, but one-up AirPlay by offering true second screen capabilities to customers using Android devices with their Google TVs.
Google TV didn’t exactly get off to a great start, however, it’s been slowly evolving and gaining much needed optimizations and features. Personally, I’d say it still has a ways to go, but with this latest update, it’s definitely going to become more interesting.
Monday is here… *sigh*. While you were busy trying to
accomplish every “to-do” relax over the weekend, a few stories developed that you may have missed. I’ll briefly round-up a couple bits of information here for you to catch up on and then let you get back to enjoying your Blue Monday.
I woke up this morning to find my credit card billed for my VIZIO Co-Star preorder. Previously, my order was in processing limbo, but now it looks like VIZIO might be ready to start shipping its $99 Google TV set-top box. I immediately checked my order online at the VIZIO store and was disappointed to find that it still said “Processing,” but I’m going to remain optimistic and hope to see that change to “Shipped” within the next day or two.
For those of you who pre-ordered VIZIO’s $99 Google TV set-top box, today’s the original estimated shipping day. I have the feeling we’re not going to see any units actually ship out today, so we’re recommending you use this time to learn all about your new device before it ever hits your doorstep.
VIZIO’s crack at a Google TV set top box has gone up for pre-order. The $99 Co-Star looks to be hit with its compact design, easy set up and list of features, including:
- Smart TV Platforms: Google TV
- App Store: Google Play, Access to Thousands of apps
- Web Browser: Chrome Web Browser with Adobe Flash Player
- WiFi: Yes, 802.11n/g/b
- Ethernet: 10/100Mbps
- Bluetooth: Yes
- Network Multimedia: PlayPoint™ app lets you access media on DLNA-enabled network devices
- Resolution Supported: 720p, 1080i, 1080p
- 3D Support: Yes
- Video Playback: H.264, MP4, MKV
- Music Playback: MP3, AAC, WMA
- Audio Features: Up to 5.1 channels of surround sound pass-through