TCL announces MoVo UD Google TV with 4K definition

TCL announces MoVo UD Google TV with 4K definition

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TCL has announced its newest HDTV that is first of its kind. The TCL MoVo UD set will be the very first to offer 4K by 2K definition along with Google TV integration. It also is the first Google TV device set to receive Android 4.2.2, which was announced yesterday at Google IO.

The unit is very similar to LG’s Google TVs. In fact, the software looks and feels a bit like LG’s too. But TCL has created its UI and given the Google TV device its own customizations. Of course, you will also get all of the latest features from Google TV, though. This includes the Quick Guide, Voice Search, the new Chrome and more.

We saw TCL’s Google TV offering at CES, but the strategy was quite different. They had a separate set-top box running Google TV on a 4K screen. Putting Google TV in the 4K by 2K TV definitely sets it apart from the competition, though. We already have a good selection of set-top Google TVs. But 4K definition? That’s a whole other deal.

There is no mention on price, but the unit is said to be available “later this year”. We have the feeling it won’t be cheap, though. 4K TVs cost a pretty penny, even if they come from companies like TCL, which is not best known for quality. But what do you guys think – what price would entice you to purchase this TV?

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  • stucrmnx120fshwf

    At last UD on Jelly Bean 4.2.2, soon 4.3, already were close on tablet with Samsungs Nexus 10 (2.6k,) Sammy’s 3.2k 13″ screen, screen resolution doubles every 18 months, for the same price. UD mobile chips are in mass manufacturing now, LPDDR3 RAM is pouring into mobile devices, my Nexus 7 has 32GB flash, 64GB USB sticks cost $40, 32 GB micro SD cards cost $20, my 120GB SSD cost $100. PS 4, a mere games machine, has 8GB GDDR5 RAM (5GHz equivalent,) 8 cores and AMD 8 series graphics, allowing it to get through 2 trillion floating point calculations per second. A trill for a triple 8, there’s another triple 8, in the 8 core CPU, when compared to the original Pentium MMX, 8 times the transistors per core, at 8 times the speed, 8 cores, that’s 8*8*8=512. Nexus 7/2 possibly coming in July ought to have 1080p at $200, also possibly UD graphics capabilities in the background eg. Tegra 4, Snapdragon 800, likely a 64GB flash offering. I already have a 25″ 3D monitor, that cost me $270, 6 months ago, with a 3D Blue Ray player for $100, my 8 core PC, has 32GB 1.6 GHz DDR3 RAM and a $92 2TB HDD, a $50 Google TV JB 4.1.2, HDMI dongle is on its way from China. The backgrounds are building all over the place, my household electrical wiring can transmit 300 MB/s, within 18 months I’m likely to get fiber optic cable to my house, and other people will be getting fiber to the node, such as hybrid fiber coax. WiFi ac can transmit 1GB/s, good thing we have power point networks, as it’s so high frequency it can only transmit to one room. By 2018 we will see something like 4 billion 6″ 3D UD devices, given that there are already a billion smartphones and we’re likely to see another billion sold this year alone, in a little more than a month Samsungs Galaxy S4 has sold 10 million. Just a few technobable figures to amuse.

Still No Android 3.1 on Logitech Revue, DISH Network Advertises it Anyway

Still No Android 3.1 on Logitech Revue, DISH Network Advertises it Anyway

Sony’s line of Google TV products have already received their update to Android 3.1, but the Logitech Revue, which was supposed to receive the new software only a “few weeks later” is still without. Adding insult to industry, DISH Network is now advertising the $99 Revue as shipping with Android 3.1 and access to the Android Market. This simply is not the case.

Logitech has yet to push the update to their line of Google TV boxes, but has issued an update as of today. They are still promising Google TV 2.0 on the Revue by the end of the year, but have been advertising the update on device packaging for some time now. The whole ordeal underscores a nagging problem of fragmentation among various versions of the Android OS, something Google hopes to address with their latest Ice Cream Sandwich release. For now, those receiving the Revue as a gift this holiday season might be disappointed to find the software different than what is being advertised by Logitech and its partners.

[via Logitech, DISH]

Stunning Deals: Get your LG Google TV from Amazon with a 0-0 discount!

Stunning Deals: Get your LG Google TV from Amazon with a $700-$800 discount!


LG’s entrance to the Google TV market was a very anticipated one, but all excitement faded out after those hefty price tags were announced. LG’s offerings included a 47-inch TV for $1700 and a 55-inch one for $2300. Not the greatest deal of the year, but the high-end 3D TV also offered an LED panel with a 120 Hz refresh rate. We are sure “Life’s not so Good” when it comes to those HDTV sales, but it might all be turning around with this deal.

The LG G2 series have received a very generous discount, saving you $700-$800 if you purchase your TV from Amazon. This brings the prices down to $999.99 for the 47-inch version and $1499 for the 55-inch flat screen. A rather sweet deal, if you ask us!

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Buy the 55-inch LG G2 Google TV

Those that have been on the edge about purchasing this TV should jump on this deal now – we honestly can’t see these TVs getting cheaper any time soon. The VIZIO Co-Star and Sony Google TV box may be great offerings, but there is nothing like having Google TV built straight into a TV. The experience is much more seamless and you don’t need to turn on secondary devices, use multiple remotes or clutter your TV station with more devices.

Not to mention that this TV is one hell of a device. A 3D TV (you also get 6 pairs of 3D glasses) with 120 Hz refresh rate, a 1080p LED display and 6000000:1 contrast ratio? Not shabby at all. Oh, and this one is OnLive compatible, so you will not be bored; whether you play by yourself or hook up 4 controllers to play with your friends.

Go get them!

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Sony Releasing Google TV Equipped Bravia TVs “Soon”

Sony Releasing Google TV Equipped Bravia TVs “Soon”

While there hasn’t been much hands-on action for Google TV yet since the show floor isn’t open, Sony announced that they are expanding their line of products that use Google TV as a platform. These new products will feature a network media player as well as a Blu-ray Disc player. All 2012 BRAVIA models will also link seamlessly together for easier use of Google TV features.

If you’re interested in what other announcements Sony has to offer home entertainment, check out their official press release here.

Sony NSZ-GS8 Google TV announced

Sony NSZ-GS8 Internet Player with Google TV announced!

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Sony has just announced the brand new NSZ-GS8 Google TV! This is the same device we saw rumored last April. Back then we knew very little details so we are excited to see more details show up. Only thing is, we are still left kind of wishing we knew more.

NSG-MR7_B_-Both-SidesSony touts the ability to use all the main features we all know and love. One of them happens to be Voice Search. This unit does happen to come with Sony’s Voice Remote, which costs NSZ-GS7 users an extra $50.

Other than that, we don’t see any other obvious changes. The Sony NSZ-GS8 looks exactly like the NSZ-GS7 – the same applies to the Voice Remote (only difference would be you dont have to pay extra for it).

We have reached out to Sony to get more details and will update this article as soon as we find out more from our sources. If you are interested, though, you can buy the Sony NSZ-GS8 Google TV for $199 in early July. Are you signing up for it?

[Sony]

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  • Kobaljov

    I’m waiting for more info about the Google’s new “Hitchhiker” media player

Get notified when the Sony NSZ-GS8 becomes available

Sign up to get notified when the Sony NSZ-GS8 becomes available

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Sony announced the new NSZ-GS8 Google TV this week and the product page is already up! You can’t buy or pre-order just yet, but you can go ahead and sign up to get notified whenever the Google TV set-top box does become available.

The product page doesn’t really display much else that we didn’t know about the device. The specs give us a long list of details, but hardware specs are mostly lacking. Everything else still looks much like the NSZ-GS7.

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The unit will go for sale very soon. Release is scheduled for early July and the price is set at $199. Go sign up for a notification if you are interested! You can do it straight from Sony’s product page.

Are any of you upgrading to a Sony NSZ-GS8?

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    This will probably be my first Google TV device. I have a Roku 3 now. I wanted to get the Asus Cube but the reviews I read on Amazon and Newegg werent that great so I am hoping this is a home run.

    • AndroidProfit

      I just returned my Sony Google TV box to get the Roku. I suppose if you keep your Roku you will be happy but I couldn’t imagine going from Roku to Google TV.

  • bpulecio

    I’m thinking about upgrading my old Logitech Revue. I got it pretty much when it came out. It’s getting a little slow, and freezes sometimes on Amazon VoD.

  • captainkirk

    I don’t see a link on the Sony page for updates, just a pre-order link.

Sony NSZ-GS8 Google TV rumored

Sony NSZ-GS8 Google TV in the making

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The Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV set-top box continues to be one of the top devices of its kind. The remote is outstanding and it brings Google TV at its best. It is arguably Sony’s most successful Google TV, so it only makes sense that the company would try to make a successor. Evidence of such a device has emerged: a said NSZ-GS8 device has just received WiFi certification.

Details are scarce aside from the name and the fact that it should support 2.4 Ghz WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and the usual WiFi security protocols. More details should come in due time, though, so let’s stay tuned for this one!

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Thanks for the tip, David!

[via: Techtastic]

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  • boonesimpson

    no 5ghz so no miracast….GTV needs miracast as a way to beat airplay.

    Yes I know DLNA and such is possible and “flinging” cloud sources material (netflix, youtube,play) is there, but screen mirroring, especially for gaming, makes so much sense.

    • Edgar Cervantes

      You are 100% right! It’s the only reason why I have an Apple TV, really. I can mirror my Mac’s screen directly to the TV. For everything else I use my Google TV.

  • chepeloni

    when is sony going to make a blu-ray/dvd player with google tv built-in? i don’t want an extra box added to the pile of boxes already there … and would love not to spend almost 1K on a new LG TV … damn

  • Kirk Winterrowd

    I am hoping for some goof news about Goole TV from Google I/O in a few weeks. Holding off on any purchase until then,

Sony’s next Google TV is a Chromecast on steroids!

Sony’s next Google TV is a Chromecast on steroids!

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If a rumored device is coming, it’s bound to pass by the FCC. All mythological gadgets get uncovered there and today we have quite an exciting one! Sony is bringing us the NSZ-GU1 – a dongle that looks and works much like the Chromecast, but features the power of a full Google TV.

As we can see in the image above, this device is much larger than Google’s streaming dongle. It also features a rather interesting design. Seems like the Google TV box and HDMI dongle were simply stuck together. It is meant to live behind your TV, though, so you will be able to save some space. At least much more than with the hefty ASUS Cube.

As usual with Google TV devices, this little guy features an HDMI-in port for live TV passthrough, as well as an IR blaster and a USB port. Specs include the usual Marvell DE3108 processor, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. Also, it seems like the video output is limited to 720p.

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We can’t expect much more from such a small device, but maybe we will be graced with an affordable price point. It’s said to be similar to the Chromecast, but with Google TV’s OS. Maybe it is more like a cut down version of a full Google TV?

We will have to wait and see. Be sure that we will keep our eyes open for more details on this one. And of course, you will be the first to know.

[FCC]

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Some New Logitech Revue Boxes Afflicted with Corrupted Firmware

Some New Logitech Revue Boxes Afflicted with Corrupted Firmware

A number of consumers who received a Logitech Revue for the holidays have reported that they are unable to complete the set up process in order to use the box. Users report that the setup is failing on step seven, which occurs when the box attempts to contact the EULA server. This fault is apparently caused by corrupted firmware, instead of overloaded servers like many consumers originally thought. The official forums have been exploding with cases of people unable to use their new Revue, so Senior Product Manager Peter McColgan finally responded with this to say:

There appears to be corrupted firmware on some of the recently manufactured Revues which is causing the Authentication error. There is nothing that you can do to fix this and nothing we can do except to replace your Revue via the RMA process. You always have the option of returning to the retailer and exchanging for another Revue or getting a refund. We believe that only a relatively small % of recently manufactured Revues are affected.

Obviously this news will frustrate consumers and may lead to lower adoption rates among the less tech-savvy. Logitech just can’t seem to catch a break with these boxes, despite them being a great way to experience Google TV. So what about you guys? Did you get a new Revue that experienced any of these problems?

[via The Verge]

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  • Anonymous

    Hi All-
    I can assure you this issue is real as I have experienced this first hand and there are dozens if not hundreds in the same situation (http://forums.logitech.com/t5/…. I’ve had one of these ‘corrupt firmware’ boxes confirmed by the Product Management team at Logitech.
    I purchased my ‘New’ Revue from Amazon on and got it on December 19th. As other posters have stated I too was stuck on accepting the EULA (setup step 7 of 11) . Since I was one of the first customers to detect this problem, Logitech reached out to me since they were not able to reproduce the issue on their side. I spent a hours via phone, Skype, and email troubleshooting this issue with them running scripts, extracting logs from my Revue box pointed to a non-production instance on their end so they could enable debugging to reproduce the behavior. I think I exceeded my end as the customer. The conclusion as stated in this article was ‘corrupt firmware’ that did not impact all Revue boxes, but a subset that the customer support team can decipher if you contact them. OK, no problem, bad box, now let’s get this cleared up and move forward.
    So on to the support route we go. The customer service reps on the forums point you to live chat support (which you cannot get since you didn’t accept the EULA) and a phone number to call so you may start the RMA process. Unfortunately, they are not properly staffed (understandable around the holidays I guess). This results into long wait times, but that’s not all, there is more. Once you call you are put on hold for exactly 47 minutes and 37 seconds and then the automated CRM system hangs up on you, so if you are not lucky enough to get through you are hung up on and put to the back of the queue. I tried this 6 times before I got someone and I can tell you getting hung up 5 times after waiting 47 min 37 seconds each is frustrating (and admittedly stupid). They run through 1st level support troubleshooting and then escalate.
    You are then contacted a few days later to gather your device information and told to follow the RMA process. They said it will take two weeks, so I’m going to be without my Revue for a total of 24+ days (already been eight days, plus two more days till I get he shipping label, then fourteen more days till I get the ‘refurbished’ replacement Revue…sold $20 cheaper online in exchange for my new device sold at $99). I politely asked if I could get one sooner for my trouble and they refused and quoted me their RMA policy several times. Very poor customer service Logitech, very poor.
    I think most of us have patience for mistakes, but when those mistakes are compounded when a company refuses to own up to it (when they have knowledge of a problem) and deviate from ‘standard policy’ (that continues to put the customer out) to make up for the mistake is very poor customer service.
    This brings me to the point of sharing my story. Big companies need to be held accountable when they make mistakes like you and I. My only recourse in this was to share my story with you in the hopes that that if you consider buying Logitech products in the future it might give you pause as you might keep this story in mind. The only way some big companies listen is if you vote with your wallet.
    On a brighter note, I hear many are happy with their Sony Gtv Blue-Ray players.
    Thanks for reading my first post.

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  • Kelly

    Was setting up my sister’s new one on Christmas day and it got to the installing updates part, and now we are stuck with the dreaded white triangle screen . . . bricked right out of the box!  Had trouble contacting support yesterday too.

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  • Anonymous

    Easy workaround to get past the EULA screen. Disconnect any hardwired ethernet connection after your Revue completes the firware update. Twice on 2 different Revues with this problem (a new one from Tiger Direct and a refurbed replacement from TD in the last week) I was able to make this work. I couldn’t get any connection to work, but having the hardwired connection hooked up was not allowing the Revue to connect to any wifi options. I used my rooted Droid Incredible and the Wifi Tether application to connect my Revue to my hotspot. Just leave access control disabled and make sure the name of your network is a single word without spaces or other crap. Once you get past the EULA and boot to the main screen, reconnect your ethernet cable or regular wifi connection. It should be fairly straight forward after that. I haven’t tested this with legit hotspots on unrooted phones or devices but it’s worth a shot if you or a friend have one. 

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Sony dropping OnLive compatibility on Google TV box could signal its failure

Sony dropping OnLive compatibility on Google TV box could signal its failure


Sony has recently launched its new Google TV box (NSZ-GS7). The device’s specs site was shining a bit of light for gamers, promising compatibility with cloud gaming service OnLive and its wireless controller. A feature that seems to have been completely scraped, and could give other manufacturers a major advantage over Sony.

Sony’s absence in OnLive’s list of partners may come as a surprise, as the company clearly has high hopes for it. This was revealed during an interview with Games Industry, in which a Sony’s VP Scott Rhode mentioned the following about cloud gaming and its future:

“It just makes sense. And so, over the next five years, you’re going to see everything evolve to that state because people want access to their data anywhere.

Will there be a streaming service? Will there be a partnership? I’m not going to answer those questions right now. But, like I’ve said ten times, like a broken record, the industry is always evolving”

Meanwhile, the VP’s direct superior, President Shuhei Yoshida, was a bit more open about Sony’s plans. In an interview with MCV, he goes as far as mentioning they are “looking at what OnLive is doing, and the tech around that, and considering how this can be a part of Playstation.” He goes on to mention the following:

“I think when it becomes a reality, what it’d do is allow us to reach a broader audience on devices Playstation platforms, reaching broader audiences than we currently can.”

With so much interest in the topic, one would assume Sony would do whatever it takes to be part of this “bright future.” So what is it that really happened here?

The Japanese electronics giant mentions that this feature was listed as a mistake. This “mistake” was quickly fixed and the spec sheet no longer lists the OnLive controller as an optional accessory. What seems odd is that this happened right after Sony’s $380 million Gaikai acquisition. This could mean that plans to include OnLive services on this Google TV device were present before, only to be re-considered after purchasing what is said to be a competing company.

As they currently stand, neither OnLive, Gaikai or PlayStation really compete against each other (at least directly); these fall under different categories. Sony’s PlayStation continues to stand strong regardless of any success OnLive could have because it is a full-blown gaming machine. Cloud Gaming is nowhere close to beating the console’s performance, graphics and game selection. As for Gaikai, it is unclear if Sony has plans to change its nature, but the service is not exactly a gaming platform, but more like a gaming-portal.

But even if these do in some direct or indirect way compete against each other, it is not exactly the right time to be picking and choosing sides right now. Google TV’s state is critical and its future uncertain. After doing a bit of research, users will find most other Google TV options come with OnLive support (LG, Vizio, etc.). It may not be important to everybody, but those that like gaming would be thrilled to be able to play affordably in any TV.

The fact that OnLive has its lures is not the only factor that may come into play when a customer is making a decision. Soon after Sony’s Google TV box launch, a competitor gave the company something to worry about. Vizio’s Co-Star Google TV box does not only offer everything Sony’s brings to the table, it also costs $99 (half Sony’s price). And yes, it does come with full OnLive compatibility.

As Google TV fans, we have much to thank Sony for. After all, this company was the first to fully trust and invest in Google’s TV platform. But why limit a device that could be taken to its full potential? This is not Sony’s personal platform, it is Google’s. As such, Sony should offer every incentive available to make Google TV more popular (and sell its product), regardless of its nature.

I do not mean to bash on Sony, it is one of my favorite electronics manufacturers. But we simply can’t find a justification to it not making its devices work with this service, if all other companies are signing up. The only answer we can find is competition. And if this was Sony’s deciding factor, then what a shame.

This is an open platform. Instead of discarding the competition, compete against it. Build a controller compatible with Gaikai. Expand its services and make it better than OnLive. Make your customers choose your product over others, don’t force them to.

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  • Scott Nezos

    Not surprised by this at all. It is a direct competitor to Play Station. I would not be surprised if Sony is working on a cloud based Play Station.

    • theodor70941

      PlayStation not Play Station!

      • Scott Nezos

        Easy there boy, you know what I meant, and so would anyone else.