Sony's new Google TV device hits pre-orders for $199

  • Sony is looking to get back into the Google TV market. 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.

    On top of the increased price, Google TV was a nascent, under-utilized platform. In fact, to any sensible person, buying an Internet-connected TV from pretty much any other manufacturer made more sense because they were cheaper and offered more content.

    Now, though, Google TV has matured a bit, and Sony is willing to give it a second chance. This time, though, it's playing it safe and going for a high-margin, low-cost set-top box device.

    The Sony NSZ-GS7 has just gone up for pre-order at J&R Electronics stores, with a price of $199.

    The box will allow users to gain access to TV-based Web browsing, apps like Netflix and Youtube (but not yet Hulu Plus), and a bunch of Android apps designed specifically for the TV interface.

    The other interesting part is the remote control that comes with the new box - it has an accelerometer, a touch pad, and a microphone, which is interesting since many of the Google TV apps don't support things like voice control or motion-based controls.

    So Sony had to make those things come to life, by allowing for speech-based searches and accelerometer controls for navigation through menus and other content. There's no launch date for the US yet, but it should be coming out soon.