Sony held a launch in Sydney today, showing off its range of cameras, laptops and TVs… and one more thing. That one more thing was Google TV.
Sony product launches are pretty regular affairs; a chance for the company to show off its wide range of products, many of which we’ve seen previously or known about for some time, like the NEX-F3 for example.
Sony’s Paul Colley ran through pretty much the same demonstration I’d already seen of the high-end Sony HX850 LCD TV, and then had one more thing to show off: Google TV.
It’s not built into the panel; Sony was using a set top box — they wouldn’t say, but the smart money says it was the Google TV streamer with its remote control rather similar to the Boxee remote, in that it was control on one side, keyboard on the other. It was just a teaser, however, with Colley refusing to be drawn on when we’ll see Google TV locally, stating that “we can’t give you any indication of pricing or availability”
Still, there’d be little point in demonstrating something to a room full of journalists that you didn’t plan on releasing at some point, and with the TV market being as volatile as it is, it could be quite soon.