Sony’s upcoming BRAVIA Smart Stick is a device you can plug into your TV’s HDMI port to stream internet video, surf the web, play games, or use other apps on your TV. It looks a bit like a Google Chromecast or an Android Mini PC, but according to Sony, the BRAVIA Stick is basically a Google TV with some Sony apps preloaded.
It just happens to be the smallest Google TV box released to date, but it will come with a wireless remote that looks an awful lot like the one Sony has been shipping with its other Google TV devices.
Update: The BRAVIA Smart Stick is now available for $150.
Sony published a few photos and details about the BRAVIA Smart Stick on September 13th,
but the page has been removed. More details are expected on September 15th, but the user manual was still available online as of Friday night.
According to that guide, the user interface supports home screen widgets and wallpapers, the device features the Google Chrome browser, and if you connect it to your cable or satellite box, you’ll be able to use picture-in-picture functions.
Like other recent Google TV devices, the Smart Stick will support voice controls when you speak into the mic in the remote control.
Unfortunately, it looks like the BRAVIA Smart Stick will only work with select televisions — including Sony’s 2013 BRAVIA TV lineup.
If the BRAVIA Smart Stick looks familiar, that’s because it’s the same device that passed through the FCC a few weeks ago.
via Android Police and Engadget
looks like we have the same interest. We published it today
Good old Sorny:
Staggering industrial design and manufacturing but missing the mark on functionality.
Limiting compatibility serves no purpose but to market their own TVs and cuts off potential customers that might not be willing to try a Chinese Android mini PC but would give a name band a try.
If it is true that it only works on select sony models (likely ones with a powered hdmi port by the looks of it) then that limit will certainly cap adoption rates.
Unless they make it really cheap and GTVHacker or others decide to dev on it and figure out methods around the limitation.
I would hope it is a JB based GoogleTV, since that is the next update, and that those updates make it down to the gs7/8 in a timely manner.
Google is on borrowed time until Apple gets serious about pushing ATV and Google has lost so much ground to Roku in the settop space as it is.
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