Sony Bravia Smart Stick to be unveiled Sept. 22

Sony Bravia Smart Stick to be unveiled this Sunday – compatible only with Bravia TVs?

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Sony’s upcoming Google TV is an interesting device. Featuring Google TV’s software along with Chromecast’s portability, it becomes a completely new monster. The unit already showed us all its stuff while passing through the FCC, but it seems Sony is about ready to let it all out. Sony has unveiled the device and is promising an official announcement this Sunday, Sept. 22.

What is the Sony Bravia Smart Stick?

The device goes by the name of Sony Bravia Smart Stick. It seems like a simplified Google TV… or a glorified Chromecast. The software and hardware don’t seem to match full Google TV devices, but it does offer more functionality than the Chromecast. It is officially a Google TV, though, so it should get all the features Chromecast has.

The Bravia Smart Stick also comes with the same Sony remote we have grown to love. In a way, it mixes Google TV with Bravia’s smart TV platform – and here is where things get a bit confusing.

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Will it only work with Sony TV’s?

Sony has been really weird about wording what this device is. Sony states that this “accessory” is meant for their 2013 Bravia TV lineup, turning their latest televisions into “PhD-level smart TVs”. But does this mean that the Smart Stick won’t work with non-Sony TVs?

We are not sure if Sony doesn’t want to directly say the device is incompatible with other TVs, or if they simply want to promote their own HDTVs. Maybe users will be able to get the “full experience” only by using a 2013 Bravia TV?

Here is where the device is different: it mixes Google TV with Bravia’s smart TV by taking advantage of both platforms’ apps. If one platform doesn’t support a service, the other might. Odds are Bravia apps will only be available for Bravia TVs.

We are not sure yet, though. Who knows, maybe this is a Sony-only accessory, which would be really sad. Keep an eye open this Sunday! We should hear more details by then.

[Sony]

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Apple ready to release new Apple TV?

Apple ready to release its new Apple TV – coming strong against Google?

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Google TV has no shortage of competitors lately (even from Google’s own Chromecast), but the biggest competitor is probably still Apple TV. Apple’s popularity and its box’s connectivity with its mobile devices is a huge reason for its success, but we keep moving forward and no new device has shown up. It’s time for an upgrade and it seems it is right around the corner.

apple-tvShipment tracker Panjiva claims that Apple has received at least three shipments from BYD Precision Manufacture in August. BYD happens to be one of Apple’s newest partners and they don’t seem to be wasting time. These boxes were labeled as “Set Top Box”. These have to be new Apple TVs, right?

Recent rumors of a full-on Apple TV (screen and all) have been spreading, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. At least if we are to believe this rumor. A new Apple TV is totally due for, though. We haven’t seen an upgrade lately and it is time Apple brings something new to its smart TV platform.

Google TV and Chromecast are pretty much the biggest hits in smart TV technology lately (aside from Apple). What could Apple’s next move be? Maybe more services and partnerships? More features? We won’t know until the announcement, which could very well be on September 10 (when we expect to see the new iPhones).

This brings a very good topic for discussion, so we would love to hear from you! What do you think could be Apple’s big move? Will they beat Google TV/Chromecast?

[via iSource]

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Edgar Cervantes is a Contributing Editor for GTVsource.com and has posted 171 articles. .