Google TV lands in Canada with sleek package
The set-top box, slightly larger than an Apple TV yet smaller than a cable or satellite tuner, lets you bring the Google TV experience to practically any flat-panel screen.
Google TV is a platform that lets you run Android on your TV – and have access to the wonderful world of web video and made-for-TV apps. That includes built-in access to YouTube, or the ability to watch regular shows.
This iteration (the Americans got the first version) offers vast improvements. For starters, it’s significantly smaller than its predecessor. It’s sexier-looking and sleeker – better able to blend in with your living room.
HDMI pass-through means you can watch traditional programming on your TV, and use the web at the same time – whether that’s for searching IMDB for actress factoids or Tweeting about a show.
The Sony Internet Player with Google TV is running Android Ice Cream Sandwich, which is about as future-proof as connected TV systems get. When I tried it out during a preview briefing session, there were a few apps installed on the demo unit to play around with.
The selection was a good start, but I’m interested in seeing what other TV-specific apps are available from the Google Play store.
My first impressions of the multi-function remote were pretty good. It has a QWERTY keyboard on one side and a trackpad on the other for clicking and browsing on the TV.
Given Android’s open ecosystem and Sony’s entertainment know-how, the future looks promising for Google TV in Canada.
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets