After waiting almost two years for it, Google TV is finally going to make it over to the UK courtesy of a Sony set top box. Whether it’ll actually be worth buying, that’s another matter entirely, but at least it’s actually here at last.
If you’re super desperate to get your mitts on Google’s latest living room assault, you can pre-order your brand new Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV right now for the third week of July. It is £200 mind you, so it’s not quite Apple TV or Roku-money, but it does come with a fancy keyboard-packing remote, and a whole bunch of apps including Chrome, Twitter, YouTube, and other essentials. It also sports 8GB of internal storage; runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb; will pump out 1080p to your TV, and has a bountiful supply of connections including HDMI, optical out, USB, Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), and Bluetooth.
Sony’s following up its Google TV-powered Internet Player with a Google TV Blu-ray player later this summer, but there’s no word on when actual TVs with Google TV integrated into them will land in the UK. Is Google TV the holy grail of smart TV platforms? Probably not, judging by the experiences of our American cousins, but at least we’ll be able to find out soon enough for ourselves.