Sony unveils Google TV (complete with horrible looking remote)
Sony have unveiled a range of sleek, high-definition TVs with LCD screens ranging from 24 inches to 46 inches in size. That's not particularly newsworthy, granted.
However, these tellies are the first to be HDTVs based on Google TV, which is Google's effort to buddy broadcast TV and the internet up with each other.
Sadly though, this new Sony effort comes with a really ugly remote control (which you can see here).
Prices range from $599.99 to $1,399.99 at the American launch, with the UK launch likely to be around the start of 2011.
Sony have integrated Google's Android-based platform with the television itself, which uses a Chrome web browser on top of an Android incarnation. The idea is to marry the web your television in a single interface for organising, searching and viewing broadcast TV as well as doing all the stuff you'd normally do online. Yeah, we thought about the ability to watch bongo vids as well.
Currently, Google TV runs a select few apps from third-parties like Napster, Netflix, Pandora, and Twitter. Early next year, Google will open a version of the Android app market for the platform.
The Reg says that Sony offer a mini-keyboard for navigating TV and, eventually, you'll also have the option of driving the device via your Android-based smartphone. That's exciting.
The melding of internet and TV is definitely what technology developers are looking toward, so let battle commence and hopefully, drive each other's prices down.