Sony adds voice search and a new model number to their Google TV set top box
Sony provides voice enter to their web participant line of Google TV units, new adaptation on hand in July for $ 199
Sony introduced a brand new Google TV set top box today, the NSZ-GS8. (Samsung Galaxy S 2, Sprint Epic 4G Touch doesn’t sound so bad now, does it?) The GS8 is identical to the GS7, which is reviewed here and one I’ve been using for a while, with the exception of one thing — voice capabilities via the remote.
Sony simply calls it voice search, but with the right software — like the Google TV app PrimeTime, for instance — voice input is pretty damn handy to have on your remote. It’s a great addition to one of the few Google TV units of 2012 that had its act together. In fact, voice input is the reason I recently “upgraded” from my NSZ-GS7 to the new ASUS Cube.
The new GS8 will be available starting in July online and at the usual big box retailers for $ 199. If you’re a Google TV fan, and just aren’t feeling the custom UI on the Cube, this would be an excellent buy. If you already have the GS7, and want to save a few dollars you can pick up the equivalent voice capable remote for the original from Sony for $ 50 here, and make sure you have the latest version of the software that enables it.
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