Sony announces NSZ-GS7 Internet Player with Google TV
Sony has just announced the realization of a dream, so to speak, which is to bring Google TV to the masses, packaging it in a piece of hardware that will definitely stop you in your tracks when you take a closer look at it. Basically, this is Google TV presented in the form of the Sony NSZ-GS7, which was first introduced in Las Vegas at CES 2012 earlier this January, but we are pleased to know that Sony’s team has finally made it possible for the common man to place a pre-order for this device from June 25th onwards – that would be today. It will hit retailers around in the US when July 22nd rolls around the calendar, citing a $199 price point.
Phil Molyneux, president and chief operating officer of Sony Electronics, said, “Expanding the reach and interoperability of the powerful Android platform with Sony’s smartphones, tablets and renowned Audio & Video products, we are proud to continue our relationship with Google through the introduction of the new Google TV set-top-box. Entertainment content is available through so many channels and sites, and Google TV helps consumers easily find what they want to watch, listen to or play using familiar search engine technology, enhancing the viewer experience. TV will never be the same.”
The Sony NSZ-GS7 Internet Player will not be Sony’s only new announcement, as the Japanese company has also their latest Internet Blu-ray Disc player in tow with Google TV, calling it the NSZ-GP9 if model numbers are your cup of tea. It will hit retailers’ store shelves in time for the holiday season, citing a $299 price point to boot. The Sony NSZ-GP9 player is said to boast of Sony’s proven Blu-ray Disc technology, where it will also work in tandem with the robust Google TV platform.
So what kind of clout will the Sony NSZ-GS7 Internet Player with Google TV carry when it is introduced? For one, Sony will bear the hallmark of being the first manufacturer to launch Google TV products outside of the US, kicking off with the UK in July, with Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Netherlands, Brazil, and Mexico to follow afterwards. As for the Sony NSZ-GP9 Blu-ray Disc player with Google TV, it will of course arrive Stateside first, followed by Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Netherlands.