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Sony upbeat on Google TV, though user fun “might take a little longer”

Sony upbeat on Google TV, though user fun “might take a little longer”

Sony remains upbeat about Google TV, despite the search giant itself asking hardware partners not to show new STBs and HDTVs featuring the system at CES 2011 next month. Hiroshi Yoshioka, head of Sony's TV business, described Google TV sales as "in line with expectations," the NY Times reports, despite conceding that "some reviews have been good, some have been bad" and that "it might take a little longer for users to really start having fun."

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Google TV to miss CES: Toshiba, LG & Sharp freeze product lines

Google TV to miss CES: Toshiba, LG & Sharp freeze product lines

Google has reportedly frozen plans for a CES 2011 fanfare of Google TV, over fears that the system is not yet ready for primetime. The delay, tipped to the NY Times by sources close to the company's plans, suggests that Google's hardware partners - including Toshiba, LG and Sharp - have agreed to put their launch plans on hold as the search giant refines the Android-based Google TV software, based on mediocre feedback from buyers and the tech industry in general.

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Logitech Revue update released: Netflix & Dual View improved [Video]

Logitech Revue update released: Netflix & Dual View improved [Video]

Logitech has pushed out the first update for their Revue Google TV box, and it's addressed two of the biggest complaints about the media streaming STB. The new firmware allows Revue users with Netflix accounts to search for content and update their queue from within the Google TV app itself; additionally, the Dual View picture-in-picture window (which shows both the current TV program and a browser window) can now be moved around the screen and resized.

Update: More on the firmware update - which is available for Sony's Google TV devices as well - at Google's blog.

Video demo after the cut

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Comcast Xcalibur smart TV trials tip Google TV rival

Comcast Xcalibur smart TV trials tip Google TV rival

Comcast is trialling a smart TV service of its own, with Comcast Spectrum currently in user testing in Augusta, Ga. The service - developed under the codename "Xcalibur" - follows Google TV and other platforms in blending on-demand, live and recorded cable programming with internet video and basic social network access. However, green-lighting for the project is yet to be granted, and Comcast is unclear on how Spectrum might be priced should it see a commercial launch; "We are testing many technological approaches to understand how best to meet consumer interests, and this small trial is one of those experiments" is all a Comcast spokesperson would confirm.

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Sony slash Google TV prices; NSZ-GT1 Blu-ray deck under $300

Sony slash Google TV prices; NSZ-GT1 Blu-ray deck under $300

Sony has slashed prices on its Google TV range as part of its Black Friday promotions, reducing its larger HDTVs by up to $200 and cutting a whopping 25-percent from its NSZ-GT1 Google TV Blu-ray player. That makes the Blu-ray deck the same $299.99 as Logitech is asking for their Revue, though you're also getting a more compact (if arguably confusing) remote control and Blu-ray playback.

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Logitech Revue Review

Logitech Revue Review

You can't accuse Google of being unambitious. Not content with having their Android OS take great bites out of the smartphone market, the search giant has also put it to work as the core of Google TV, a new play for the home entertainment segment. Most early-adopters will dip their tow with the Logitech Revue, a compact set-top box with a not-so-compact $300 price tag. The promise is that Google TV harnesses the power of search and online media to the breadth of broadcast television, but does the Revue deliver? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Sony SNAP connected-device app framework frozen

Sony SNAP connected-device app framework frozen

Sony has frozen work on its little-known SNAP developer platform, originally billed as an application framework for "games, widgets (weather, news, traffic, etc), remote controls, social apps, media sharing apps, media players [and] home automation" on connected devices like the company's Dash and Smart TVs. "SNAP development is currently on hold" the updated website claims, suggesting developers should wait for further information.

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