Sony's BRAVIA Smart Stick Offers Google TV In A Dongle
Google has stumbled upon a major success with the $35 Chromecast. HDMI dongles are far from novel, but combining a $35 price with a trusted name such as Google has led to a product that is nearly sold out everywhere. Sony is clearly hoping to ride that bandwagon with the BRAVIA Smart Stick. It's shaped much like a Chromecast (it's a basic HDMI dongle meant to plug directly into most any HDTV made over the past few years), but here's the kicker: Google TV is inside.
That's right; it's even more advanced that the Chromecast, as the Smart Stick has a full build of Google TV onboard. Granted, Google TV hasn't been a huge hit, and in fact, many partners have walked away from the project. On top of that, Sony's own BRAVIA apps are loaded in there. While the details of its functionality remain under wraps, we do know that there will be a picture-in-picture function that'll allow a TV program to run in one window while an Internet or app window runs in the other; this could very well be the ideal second screen scenario.
Plus, since it's running Google TV, it can handle Android apps from the Play Store. The device has yet to be fully unveiled by Sony, so pricing and a release date remain under wraps, but it could be an awesome stocking stuffer this holiday season.