Along with the Sony NSZ-GP9 network Blu-ray player, the Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV set-top box will be among the first UK products featuring the search engine giant's TV service ( we still don't know when the LG Google TV will be arriving). We were recently treated to a brief demo of the service but it's only now that we've had the chance to get our hands on the box itself and the innovative remote at Sony's HQ in Tokyo.
Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV box: Build
The box itself is very small and compact, sporting a minimalist design, although it's bigger than the likes of Apple TV. The black chassis sports a textured dimpled design that's been designed to match the bezel of the EX650 TV range (available in 22, 26, 32 40 and 46-inch screen sizes).
Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV box: Features
Running Android 3.1 Honeycomb, the NSZ-G37 incorporates Google Search and Chrome for easy web browsing. Bookmarks can be added and it's also possible to add shortcuts to the homescreen, as you would on an Android phone or tablet. We're told that the Google TV box will automatically update to Ice Cream Sandwich once it's available.
Sony NSZ-G37: Remote
The Sony Google TV remote certainly looks impressive, and is different to Sony's US Google TV remote. Along with a backlit QWERTY keyboard, it offers a touchpad (including pinch zoom for web browsing) and 3-axis motion control and can also be used as universal remote for basic functions on the latest Sony TVs.
Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV box: Apps
Unlike the first generation of Google TVs, the Sony Google TV box will offer full access to the Android market, including a selection of TV-optimized apps. We're told told that the there should be a substantial selection of TV-centric apps available at launch as they're actually relatively easy to put together.
For apps that already exist for other Android platforms, most of the work is already done - developers merely need to port them across with larger images and text to fit the TV screen, and they don't need to worry about touchscreen functionality and for tablet developers - the apps are already TV-friendly 16:9.
Sony NSZ-GS7: Verdict
On first impressions, the Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV box itself fits in well with Sony's design theme, so it'll match any other Sony AV kit nicely. The remote is extremely impressive, as the designers have clearly had to cram a hell of a lot of functions into a relatively small device.
Sony Google TV NSZ-GS7 review: Hands-on
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Google TV launched in the US back in 2010 now it's the UK's turn, with one of the first products to arrive being the Sony NSZ-GS7
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