Sony Gives Google TV Another Go At CES 2012
"The first generation of devices powered by Google TV combined the powerful Android platform with Sony's legendary home audio/video hardware to deliver on the promise of converging entertainment," said Charles Speidel, vice president of Sony Electronics Home Audio and Video Division. "These brilliant additions advance positive features of the previous models, bringing an intuitive remote control and cross-device connectivity with smartphones, tablets and Sony Internet Audio & Video products – enhancing the home entertainment experience."
In 2010, Sony introduced the world's first television and a Blu-ray Disc player powered by Google TV. In 2011, the platform was updated and added the Android MarketTM, making the first-generation Sony Internet TV devices easier to navigate and giving viewers access to over one thousand apps, including approximately 150 apps optimized for TV, for an enhanced customized entertainment experience.
The Google TV difference starts with the cross search functionality, which crawls all content sources available from broadcast providers and the Internet to deliver customized video results on demand. Both new boxes come complete with a redesigned remote control equipped with a backlit QWERTY keyboard, a touch pad for easy operation and a three-axis motion sensor to enjoy games. Additionally, the remote control can also be utilized as a universal remote to control connected devices such as TV, set top box and amplifiers - the NSZ-GP9 Blu-ray Disc Player even incorporates voice search capabilities. By using Sony apps Media Remote and TrackID for Android and iOS mobile devices, users may achieve cross-device connectivity. TrackID is also pre-installed in NSZ-GS7 and NSZ-GP9, allowing customers to search on their connected TV. The new remote control can manage basic operations on select compatible 2012 BRAVIA televisions and seamlessly display Android Market or apps on the menu screen.