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ANDROID COMMUNITY WEEK IN REVIEW – WEEK 42 2010

This week has been another busy one in the Android Community! The Galaxy Tab has sure got it’s time in the press with announcements of pricing and release dates coming in throughout the week. We also got some official conformation that Android Gingerbread is coming, and soon.

Google TV Virtual Tour available for the undecided

Google TV is now released to the world. It's features are great, but even after the many press conferences, it's hard to get a feel for how it will actually perform in real world situations - like your living room. This can be a deciding factor for many when making a purchase, so to answer any questions and show off a bit Google has released a Google TV virtual tour site that showcases many features of the service. Specifically they cover a few of the main key features of the system including:
  • Television, meet search
  • Full web browsing from your TV
  • Applications
  • Using your Android phone as a remote control
  • Personalized homepage
  • TV/Web dual view
  • Searching through your DVR
  • and easy integration will your entertainment system
If you're still on the fence wondering if Google TV is right for you check out the virtual tour site and look over the features and uses of the system.

Logitech Revue Now Available at Best Buy

Today, right now, if you walk into select Best Buy stores or click on over to Best Buy's online store, you can pick yourself up the Logitech Revue with Google TV. That's right! Now you can do all sorts of stuff on your TV, stuff you'd only ever otherwise done on your desktop or notebook or smartphone. Access Facebook, your Android apps, weirdo websites, and more, with this lovely device that includes an integrated keyboard, remote, and touchpad.

Sony Blu-ray Player with Google TV Announced

Sony has officially announced today that pre-sales for their Google TV Blu-ray Disc player NSZ-GT1 are happening right now. It will go on sale at Sony Style this weekend. Or, for those of you who prefer to shop in retail stores, they will be available for purchase at Best Buy on October 24. The device will be priced at $399.99.

Sony Announces the World’s First ‘Internet TV’

Sonly has allied with Google, this time to bring the “World’s First Internet TV.” According to Sony they plan to redefine the current TV viewing style, with an all new remote - more of a mini keyboard - this internet TV will be more of a multimedia lifestyle hub than just a TV. Sony is set to launch four TV set’s all equipped with Google Services and Internet connectivity. From 26 to 46 inches, the prices on the TV’s will range from $599 to $1399. They all feature a unique search option that has never been done before on a television. You can search comprehensively across your DVR, TV, and the Web. However, the DVR is not built into the device and the actual search on stage pulled results from the Dish Network DVR. The TV’s will feature apps such as Twitter, Napster, Netflix and a Google Chrome full browser. Android developers can build app or enhance their own websites for use on the new set of TV’s. The TV's are available for pre-order now, on sale at Sony Style starting this weekend, and Best Buy October 24th. [gallery columns="2"] Press Release: SONY REDEFINES HOME ENTERTAINMENT WITH THE WORLD’S FIRST HDTV POWERED BY GOOGLE TV Watch HDTV, Enjoy Apps and Browse the Internet Seamlessly on One Device NEW YORK, October 12, 2010 Furthering the company’s leadership in the connected TV space, Sony today introduced Sony Internet TV, powered by Google TV -- the world’s first television with the ability to watch HDTV, enjoy apps, and browse the Internet seamlessly on one device. The combination of Sony’s hardware and engineering expertise and Google’s understanding of open software provides a unique user experience, merging multiple content sources in one easy-to-use interface. From broadcast to streaming video from the Internet, Sony Internet TV offers the ability to quickly search and watch content from wherever, whenever. “Sony Internet TV is the world’s first HDTV that combines the big-screen impact of television and full Internet search to deliver an unrivaled entertainment experience,” said Mike Abary, senior vice president of Sony’s Home Division. “Finally, you can seamlessly search your favorite TV programs and web sites on the same screen, at the same time.” “We are very proud to be the pioneers of this new entertainment category by delivering the world’s first true Internet TV experience,” added Bob Ishida, senior vice president, corporate executive, and president of Home Entertainment Business Group, Sony Corporation. “Sony Internet TV creates value by introducing new and compelling ways to enjoy a variety of content.” Featuring both integrated television models and a Blu-ray Disc™ player, Sony Internet TV is powered by Google TV. It is built on the Android platform, runs the Google Chrome browser and includes a powerful Intel® Atom® processor offering the ability to quickly search across Internet and television content for easy access to entertainment and information. The models also feature Dual View, allowing users to watch television while tweeting about what they’re watching, checking their fantasy football scores, or finding related content on the web. They also deliver a truly personalized entertainment experience with the ability to bookmark content for easy access and add applications from the Android™ Market (coming in early 2011). The models feature Sony’s premium streaming service “Video On Demand powered by Qriocity™” as well as pre-installed apps including CNBC, Napster, NBA, Netflix, Pandora,® Twitter, and YouTube.™ The intuitive hand-held RF QWERTY keypad remote incorporating an optical mouse makes it easy to navigate content, type in search terms, and control the TV’s user interface. Additionally, select mobile devices such as an Android phone, can control the TV with an app that will be available for download from the mobile Android Market later this fall. Built-in Wi-Fi makes it easy to connect to home broadband networks to access web content. Additionally, Sony Internet TV is ready for the future and is fully upgradable through system updates. Sony Internet TV easily connects to select HD DVR devices from Dish Network to include previously recorded content in the search results and control DVR functionality from the set’s user interface. Sony Internet TV Line Featuring four LCD HDTVs with Google TV built-in, the Sony Internet TV line includes the 24-inch class NSX-24GT1 ($599.99), the 32-inch class NSX-32GT1 ($799.99), the 40-inch NSX-40GT1 ($999.99), and the 46-inch NSX-46GT1 ($1,399.99). Sony Internet TV Blu-ray Disc Player The Sony Internet TV Blu-ray Disc™ player with Google TV built-in, NSZ-GT1 ($399.99), also allows users to enjoy all of the powerful features of Google TV on their existing HDTV. Sony Internet TV and the Sony Internet TV Blu-ray Disc Player are currently on pre-sale at www.SonyStyle.com and www.BestBuy.com. They will be available for purchase at Sony Style on October 16 and at Best Buy shortly after. For more information, please visit www.sony.com/SonyInternetTV or log in to our social media community at www.Sony.com/blog. Product specifications include: Sony Internet TV NSX-46GT1 Available in October for $1,399.99 • 46-inch Full HD 1080p display with Edge LED backlight • Google TV built-in • Seamlessly search across your television & Internet for content • Surf the web while watching TV using Dual View • Upgradeable Google TV platform • Download apps from Android Market (*coming in early 2011) • Superior processing power with Intel Inside • Easy-to-use RF QWERTY keypad remote with integrated optical mouse • Link to select mobile phones (coming this fall) • Built-in Wi-Fi • Four HDMI inputs and four USB inputs Sony Internet TV NSX-40GT1 Available in October for about $999.99 • 40-inch Full HD 1080p display with Edge LED backlight • Google TV built-in • Seamlessly search across your television & Internet for content • Surf the web while watching TV using Dual View • Upgradeable Google TV platform • Download apps from Android Market (*coming in early 2011) • Superior processing power with Intel Inside • Easy-to-use RF QWERTY keypad remote with integrated optical mouse • Link to select mobile phones (coming this fall) • Built-in Wi-Fi • Four HDMI inputs and four USB inputs Sony Internet TV NSX-32GT1 Available in October for about $799.99 • 32-inch Full HD 1080p display with Edge LED backlight • Google TV built-in • Seamlessly search across your television & Internet for content • Surf the web while watching TV using Dual View • Upgradeable Google TV platform • Download apps from Android Market (*coming in early 2011) • Superior processing power with Intel Inside • Easy-to-use RF QWERTY keypad remote with integrated optical mouse • Link to select mobile phones (coming this fall) • Built-in Wi-Fi • Four HDMI inputs and four USB inputs Sony Internet TV NSX-24GT1 Available in October for about $599.99 • 24-inch Full HD 1080p display with CCFL backlight • Google TV built-in • Seamlessly search across your television & Internet for content • Surf the web while watching TV using Dual View • Upgradeable Google TV platform • Download apps from Android Market (*coming in early 2011) • Superior processing power with Intel Inside • Easy-to-use RF QWERTY keypad remote with integrated optical mouse • Link to select mobile phones (coming this fall) • Built-in Wi-Fi • Four HDMI inputs and four USB inputs Sony Internet TV Blu-ray Disc Player NSZ-GT1 Available in October for about $399.99 • Google TV built-in • Seamlessly search across your television & Internet for content • Surf the web while watching TV using Dual View • Upgradeable Google TV platform • Blu-ray Disc playback capability • Download apps from Android Market (*coming in early 2011) • Superior processing power with Intel Inside • Easy-to-use RF QWERTY keypad remote with integrated optical mouse • Link to select mobile phones (coming this fall) • Built-in Wi-Fi • One HDMI input, one HDMI output and four USB inputs Sony Internet TV product images can be found at www.sony.com/news.

Sony Google TV developer registration opens

Sony has opened up registration for developers keen to create Android apps suitable for its upcoming Google TV sets.  According to the site, Sony "will be providing registered members with exciting news for the Sony Internet TV very soon." Last we heard, Sony was preparing four HDTVs with integrated Google TV functionality, ranging from 24- to 46-inches.  The full announcement is expected later on today. [via Twitter]

Logitech VID HD Brings High Definition Video Calling to Google TV

While we've talked about the TV Cam in a couple of the previous posts, there hasn't been much mention regarding what, exactly, it's meant to do. Sure, having video chat, calling, conferencing on your TV is great, but what are the differences and what makes it special enough to be included in the Google TV package?

Logitech Revue Accessories Showcased

The Logitech Revue show is fully under way, and the information is starting to break free. While Logitech put a lot of focus on the set-top box itself, there was obviously a major push to make sure that the accessory department was covered as well. While there are more still to come, the initial roll-out is a pretty good one, featuring keyboards, as well as a way to use your Android-based handset to control your Google TV. What's better, though, is the fact that the accessories are already up for pre-order, just like the Revue itself.
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