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I/O 2012 is Google TV’s last chance for a reboot

I/O 2012 is Google TV’s last chance for a reboot

Google I/O 2012 is almost upon us, and already Google TV is rallying for its second charge at the smart TV segment. Sony and Vizio have each revealed their Google TV set-top boxes, throwing hardware up for pre-order, and while Android tablets are expected to dominate the search giant's keynotes this week, there's likely to be at least a little time spared for the company's TV strategy. It's vital it does, too; sparse updates to the Apple TV in its third-generation has given Google a window in which to act, but it's an opportunity that's rapidly expiring.

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Vizio Co-Star offers Google TV and OnLive for $99.99

Vizio Co-Star offers Google TV and OnLive for $99.99

Back at CES 2012, Vizio revealed that it wouldn’t just be pumping out affordable televisions but also Google TV set top boxes. One of the devices at the time held the uninspired VAP430 moniker, but the company has today announced that the box has officially launched, and is now called the Vizio Co-Star. The box uses the latest version of Google TV, features support for the full Chrome web browser as well as apps, and has brought OnLive along for the ride too.

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Google TV arrives in the UK

Google TV arrives in the UK

Google will finally be bringing Google TV and associated hardware devices to the UK. Google and Sony say that pre-orders for the NSZ-GS7 Internet Player should begin today, with devices shipping in the middle of July. Sony will also be offering Google TV on one of its new Blu-ray players, the NSZ-GP9. Both will allow you to take advantage of Google TV features, including full internet browsing with Chrome, Android apps, and YouTube playback.

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Sony NSZ-GS7 takes 2nd try at Google TV on July 22 for $199

Sony NSZ-GS7 takes 2nd try at Google TV on July 22 for $199

Sony has confirmed pricing and availability for its second-gen Google TV range, throwing open pre-orders for the smart TV kit on the eve of Google I/O 2012. The Sony NSZ-GS7 Internet Player will go up for pre-order today priced at $199, with shipping expected from July 22 in the US. Meanwhile, the NSZ-GP9 Internet Blu-ray player will arrive in time for the holiday season, priced at $299. Both come with a redesigned remote that aims to cut down on the button confusion of the first-gen hardware.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: June 19, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: June 19, 2012

Happy Wednesday, everyone. Do you know whose birthday it is today? Yours truly. But that's neither here nor there; let's get to today's top tech stories. For starters, an update on the MacBook Pro - LG supplying Retina Display for new MacBook Pro. And moving onto mobile news for a moment, T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S III priced, launching in two phases. And here's some news for the gamers out there - Tencent buys minority stake in Epic Games.

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Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV box goes to pre-order status

Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV box goes to pre-order status

Oh, yes, Sony is giving Google TV another chance. You may recall that the last time it went all out with support for Google's television-based operating system, it sort of crashed and burned. Sony's line of Google TV-powered "Internet TV" models were so much more expensive than other Internet-connected TVs that they captured monumentally low sales levels.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: June 6, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: June 6, 2012

Happy Wednesday, everyone. So are you interested in finding out what made news today? Then you've come to the right place. We'll start with a Windows 8 tablet update - Microsoft denies HTC's first Windows 8 tablet. And moving from Microsoft to Apple, it's bullying Samsung again - Apple seeks Galaxy S III ban in USA. And finally, if you have any interest in Google TV, check out - Android 4.0 Google TV gets AirPlay-like movie streaming.

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Android 4.0 Google TV gets AirPlay-like movie streaming

Android 4.0 Google TV gets AirPlay-like movie streaming

Google TV may be getting a second chance with new set-top boxes based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Logitech and Intel may have ditched Google TV after the first version failed to gain adoption, but now Google TV boxes are emerging with Marvell's ARM processors along with some new features that integrate the boxes more with Android smartphones and tablets.

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Motorola DreamGallery is company’s answer to Google TV

Motorola DreamGallery is company’s answer to Google TV

Motorola isn't in the business of manufacturing TV sets. But it still wants what you to see one of its creations when you sit down in the living room. Introducing DreamGallery, a brand new operating system for Internet-connected TVs. It will assumedly work similar to Google TV in that Motorola will produce the software but it has to sweet-talk manufacturers into providing the hardware.

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LG Google TVs arrive late May

LG Google TVs arrive late May

LG will begin selling Google TV sets in late May, a senior exec has confirmed, with US buyers finally able to pick up the long-promised smart televisions. Sales in the US will kick off in the week of May 21, LG TV's executive vice president confirmed to Reuters, with the company gauging the response before it decides whether to offer the new internet-connected models in Europe and Asia.

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