Google TV will finally make its debut in the United Kingdom next month, more than 18 months after the Android-powered service launched in the United States. Sony’s new NSZ-GS7 Internet player and NSZ-GP9 Blu-ray player will be the first two devices to offer the service, with prices starting at £200 (approx. $311) and £280 (approx. $436) respectively.
Google TV is an interactive service that brings applications, audio and video streams, Internet browsing, and more to your living room. It’s available either via a dedicated set-top box, or as an integrated feature in some Blu-ray players and televisions. It has some huge potential, but it hasn’t gotten off to such a great start in the U.S., with mixed — and mostly poor — reviews, and sales figures significantly lower than expected.
The service is believed to be an Apple TV competitor for Android users, and although it does offer more features and significantly more flexibility, it also costs a lot more. And with many of its features already available through devices like the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Google TV has struggled to compete.
Google will be hoping things are a little different internationally, however. Following its rollout in the U.K., the same Sony devices will make their way to Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. The NSZ-GS7 Internet player will also be heading to Brazil and Mexico.
Pre-orders for these devices will begin in July at www.sony-europe.com for those in the U.K.
Will you be adopting Google TV?
[via The Next Web]