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Verizon’s Sony Xperia Z2 leaked on Sony Google+ page

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Verizon is one of the last carriers we would have guessed to be in line for the Sony Xperia Z2. It’s not that they aren’t interested in getting some of the hottest phones, but Sony has been struggling to appeal to more than T-Mobile here in the United States.

That could be changing soon, though, as Sony has accidentally leaked a Verizon-branded version of the device on their Google+ page. The page was quickly removed, of course, but not before the internet was able to archive the goodness for all to see.

The Xperia Z2 is by far Sony’s best phone yet, although we still can’t seem to fall in love with those oversized bezels. It’s easy to fall in love with the rest of its tale of the tape, though, which includes a 5.2-inch 1080p HD display, a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 chipset, 3GB of RAM and more.

With press materials seemingly being readied to get the marketing train rolling we could be seeing the device quite soon. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take too long for Sony and Verizon to come with the news we want to here.

[via Android Police]

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New Sony FCC filing may point to new Google TV device

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Since releasing their Chromecast dongle, Google has insisted the device will live alongside their Google TV platform. Evidence for this surfaced in a recent FCC filing by Sony for a device with the model number NSZ-GU1. The model number is similar enough to previous Sony Google TV boxes, the NSZ-GT1, NSZ-GS7 and the NSZ-GS8, that we can be pretty confident this is part of their Google TV family of devices. Unlike previous models though, the NSZ-GU1 was submitted to the FCC due to some wireless capabilities.

The new device includes an IR blaster similar to other Google TV set-top boxes to go along with Bluetooth. Google’s Chromecast does not include either of those, so that appears to cast some doubt on the idea that Sony may be developing a competitor for the Chromecast. On the other hand, sources have noted the configuration diagram for testing purposes is very similar to what Google included in its filing for Chromecast and the power input  is also on par with the Chromecast.

We will keep an eye out for more information about this new device and what services or market Sony is targeting with it.

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source: FCC
via: Engadget

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Sony NSZ-GS7 (Google TV) finally gets Google Play Movies & TV app Access

It is about damn time. That is all we have to say about that one. Looks like the most recent Sony Google TV box now has access to install the Google Play Movies and TV app. This marks the first Google TV set-top box to receive support for the application and service. One would have though that Google would have got this working on all set-top boxes already, but with the build of the Q, which was pulled for a short time, seems Google thought they should get the app working somewhere.

As you all should know by now, the Google Play Movies & TV app lets you play your rented and purchases movies from the Play Store. A novel idea to be able to do that on your TV with your set-top box instead of always having to connect your phone or tablet.

You can install it easily to your box right from the web-based Play Store. Just hit the link below and select your Sony NSZ-GS7  device and you are off to the races. Also, reading through some of the comments on Google TV Friends post about this awesome new addition, Marvin Cox mentions support for his NSX-40GT1, which is the first gen Sony box, but a later comment from Denys says it would install but not work.

For those of you that went with the Vizio Co-Star due to price or what have you, you will also be pleased to know the app works for you too. You won’t be able to pull it directly off the Play Store though. You will have to side load it. Head to Google TV Friends G+ page to get in on the discussion, and you can download the Google Play Movies & TV from their feed for your Co-Star.

Install – Google Play Movies & TV

Source: Google TV Friends

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Google Play Movies and TV now available for the Sony NSZ-GS7 [Google TV]

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Google has finally made their Movies and TV app compatible with the Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV box. One would think that an app for viewing TV shows would work out of the box for a TV set-top box, but until today it just wasn't so. It's all part of the bigger issue Google has with delivering content and media to Android devices, which currently outnumber everything else on the market from a market share perspective.

The good news is that you finally can watch shows and films you're rented or purchased, right on your big screen via the Sony Google TV box. If you've been waiting to give it a try, now's your chance. Grab it from Google Play.

Via: +Google TV Friends

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Google Play Music Update Brings Updated Jelly Bean Notifications And Google TV Support

Good news for Google Music fans. The latest update brings a few enhancements that you might find useful. First, if you’re sporting a Jelly Bean device, you’ll enjoy expanded notifications. Check out the screenshot above from my Nexus 7. You can collapse the notification with a two-finger swipe up and get a more compact entry, or two-finger swipe back down to expand it again. Great to see Google embracing Jelly Bean’s new notification improvements.

If you happen to be one of the few Nexus Q embracers, you’ll be happy to see a convenient link to Q settings from the Google Music settings menu. Not a major feature, but appreciated nonetheless.

Probably the best new feature, at least in my opinion, is Google TV support. Yes, now you can legitimately install and use Google Play Music on a  Google TV device. The old version always listed Google TV devices as incompatible in the Play Store, which to me was quite surprising.

Of course, now that it runs on my Sony Google TV set top box, I have to wonder if I’ll use my Nexus Q less. Playing my Google Music was the main thing I did with my Q since it was the easiest way to pipe my music through my entertainment center. Not so any more. Perhaps that’s why it took Google this long to add Google TV support… business reasons. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t matter now, and I’m happy.

All this sound good to you? Click the download link or scan the QR code below to grab the update.

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Google I/O webpage updated with streaming portal, new events, live blogging gadget and more

Google’s I/O homepage just got a big update with only a few days left before the yearly developer conference kicks off. Plenty has been tweaked, including a new Events landing page featuring a nice large area to stream keynotes and sessions from the show, complete with schedule, announcements, and live status and photo updates via the Google Developers Google+ page.

Aside from providing easy access to remotely viewing all the exciting announcements and insightful developer panels, Google is also making it easy for those attending and following the show to share their thoughts on new developments to the Android ecosystem and other Google products. A live blogging gadget can be customized and embedded to your website, interfacing directly with G+ to make things nice and simple.

Finally, Google has updated their events listing with a series of community-oriented gatherings, including a cardboard tube battle hosted by the Cardboard Tube Fighting League. Pretty extreme. Also scheduled are a laser etching and welding workshop, Sony Google TV party, and a chance for folks to pitch the next big idea to a panel of entrepreneurial experts.

Check it all out by heading over to the Google I/O site now and be sure to stay tuned to Phandroid for complete coverage of the week’s happening live from Mountain View, California. Also, don’t forget to enter for your chance to take home some Google I/O swag, including all the goodies Big G feels fit to giveaway during their keynote presentations.

[via Google I/O]


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Sony And Logitech Google TV Devices Receiving Updates Right Now To v.2.1.1 And Honeycomb 3.2 Respectively

google-tv6-mGoogle TV is one of those products that Google tends to forget about most of the year. Today, though, the platform is getting some love as Sony Google TV devices are getting a firmware update to version 2.1.1. Included in the update will be the ability play movies rented via Google Play (about time) as well as watching movies via youtube.com/movies.

Logitech’s update, on the other hand, is less straightforward. The company has announced via its forums that the Revue will be getting updated to Honeycomb 3.2 beginning a couple of days ago and ending tomorrow, June 7th. Oddly, the company seems to have made no official announcement or change log anywhere else.

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Google TV Officially Arriving In Europe By September

You remember how we had a hunch Google TV would be available outside of the U.S.? Good news folks as news has gotten out that Sony France will be developing two variations of Google TV devices and launch them in September. The first is a set-top box which will go on sale for €200 ($266), whle the second will be a box with an integrated Blu-ray player that will sell for €300 ($399). Sony France marketing director  Stephane Labrousse highlights that while Sony Google TV devices are certain in France, it’s possible the devices could launch in Spain, Germany and the U.K at the same time. The devices won’t skimp on features either as it’s reported the Google TV boxes will feature items such as a Google Play button on their remote controls, giving direct access to Google’s app and content store and come with Sony’s own content offerings, including Music Unlimited.

See gang— good things comes to those who wait and are patient. Let’s just hope the price is right for consumers out in Europe.

source: Giga OM

 


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Sony: Google TV finally hits Europe in September

We’ve been hearing lament and woe from international Google fans over the lack of Google TV outside the land of the free ever since it was released. Well those of you living in Europe finally, finally have a time frame in which to expect Google TV availability: September. That’s when Sony France says that it’ll begin selling Google TV stand-alone hardware, according to Les Echos. A Google TV box is expected to retail at around €200, with a Blu-ray version landing at around €300. Given the time frame, this will almost certainly be the Sony Google TV box we saw at CES.

This has been a long time coming. While industrious modders have used various proxies and other tricks to get around the region lock in the US Google TV units, the vast majority of potential customers outside of the United States have been left wanting. Heck, you can even get all sorts of international content on Google TV, provided you’re physically situated somewhere between Canada and Mexico. Google isn’t completely at fault here; licensing for Internet video is notoriously difficult (try watching Hulu on your smartphone for free) but even so, it’ll be almost two years since the service’s original launch before it sees an international release.

While the news is promising, it shouldn’t be taken as gospel just yet. Google itself is the only one that can say when or if Google TV will debut in any given territory – Sony couldn’t operate the set-top boxes without considerable help and support from the Big G. It’s to be hoped that a widespread European release means that Google TV will come to other markets, as Google has been hinting for some time. Too bad Logitech won’t be along for the ride.

[via Geeky Gadgets]


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Less than 1 million Google TV’s out there – but why so few?

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After becoming the most popular mobile platform, Android continues to get stronger, with over 850 thousand activations a day. Not every Android type of device is doing as great, though. We know that Google TV sales are not doing as well as they could, despite its most recent, and substantial, improvements.

According to a recent study conducted by Xiologic, there are less then 1 million Google TV units out there. Such number is acquired from the number of app downloads these smart televisions get from the Android Market. Needless to say that this method is not the most reliable, but it does get a good approximation and gives us an idea of how strong Google TV is, at the moment.

We have seen Logitech give up on this platform, and Sony is not producing any new Google TV devices. Reliable inside sources have previously told us that some new Sony Google TV’s were set to come to the market, with the product almost ready for production. But the Japanese manufacturer decided to give up on that project, and just bring a Google TV 2.0 update to its current iterations.

Said TVs never came to light, and prototypes were destroyed after the decision was made. The matter is now in the past, and no longer relevant to the consumer, as the product will never be released. But this proves that Google TV has a long way to go before it truly becomes successful.

Google TV saw some great improvements, now having access to the Android Market, which was the biggest request. But apps are scarce, as developers are not very inspired by such quantity of devices out there. It is yet unclear how things will turn out once Apple TV is released. But we hope that Google and the manufacturers have something good up their sleeves.

As usual, we would like to know how our readers see this. Do you guys like Google TV? What do you think Google could do to make its product more enticing?

[Via: GTVHub]


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Sony Google TV Update Patches Root Exploit

Sony Google TV devices are reportedly about to get an OTA update on Monday that patches a recently found security exploit that allows you to root your box. Sony owners, if you are planning to root, do it now since once you receive the update, you will no longer be able to.

GTVHacker says that once you perform a “recovery downgrade” and software root, you can prevent the OTA from downloading and continue to enjoy the benefits of a rooted device. If an official update comes out that is worth downloading, a rooted device has the option to revert back to stock and receive the upgrade.

Google TV hasn’t hit its full stride yet, and we already have one casualty in the Logitech Revue (of which I am a happy owner). Eric Schmidt recently stated that “by the summer of 2012, the majority of the televisions you see in stores will have Google TV embedded,” so Google is certainly committed to the platform.

Hopefully this means more updates (even for the Revue… please?), and ones that are not simply patching root exploits.

source: gtvhacker
via:  droidlife


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Sony Google TV Can Get Rooted

If it is Android, you can root it. Thanks to the folks at GTV Hacker, you can now get full access to your Sony Google TVs thanks to their new method. Moreover, both the NSZ-GT1 Eagle and the Asura stand alone TVs can be rooted with the help of this method. Well, certain software modification is required but if you follow instructions, this shouldn’t be a problem for you. But remember, if you want this operation to be successful, you will have to have your devices running Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS. After rooting and flashing your electronics, you will get a couple of new features:

Modified flash plugin with random per box flash string for Content Provider Bypass.

Crippled update feature to prevent box from receiving automatic updates.

Completely RW system, cache, and rootfs partitions

Full ADB Root

Removed signature checks on kernel / init scripts / init binary

A few other surprises.

BETA: Enable NTFS Support for Sony Google TV devices

But remember – you need to be careful cause if something goes wrong, it will be your responsibility only.

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Sony’s Google TV gets root and unsigned kernels

Now that Logitech’s out of the game and Google’s new partners seem more interested in promoting their own Smart TV regimes, Sony remains one of the few Google TV promoters left. And considering that the Revue still has a locked bootloader, Sony’s set-top box and/or integrated TV remains the ony one that you can root, mod and generally get your hack on. The GTV Hacker (real name unknown) has released a patch and method for getting the Sony Google TV rooted and running unsigned, modified kernels.

It’s ont an easy proces: first, you’ll need to downgrade your Google TV to an earlier build of Android 3.2, resetting it to a state where the root exploit is known, then applying the root method with no less than four separate flash drives. While this shouldn’t brick your Sony box (at least not permanently) it’s not for the faint of heart. On the plus side, once the process is complete with an update blocker, so if you intended to run modded software from here on out you shouldn’t ever need to do it again. Even more exciting, GTVHacker offers a beta of a kernel that allows for NTFS storage and ADB support, making accessing media on your box a lot easier.

Aside from SoC providers, Sony was the only CES attendee to actually show off new hardware, complete with a new remote and an updated interface. That means that they expect demand for (their) Google TV hardware to continue for at least another few months. With the mod community still vibrant, they should have at least a few dedicated takers. If you intend to attempt the above exploit, remember that you’re beyond the red line: kiss your warranty goodbye.


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Sony Google TV rooted to allow unsigned kernels, no soldering required

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The folks over at GTV Hacker have released a root exploit for Sony Google TVs.  The NSZ-GT1 Eagle (that's the Blu-ray player) and the Asura stand alone TVs can use this method, requiring only some software modifications and a little wizardry with the remote — no soldering or other hardware modification is needed. Devices running the latest 3.2 Honeycomb firmware are required, and the detailed instructions will have you running a custom kernel that brings a number of new features:

  • Modified flash plugin with random per box flash string for Content Provider Bypass.
  • Crippled update feature to prevent box from receiving automatic updates.
  • Completely RW system, cache, and rootfs partitions
  • Full ADB Root
  • Removed signature checks on kernel / init scripts / init binary
  • A few other surprises.
  • BETA: Enable NTFS Support for Sony Google TV devices

In layman's terms, this means that your GTV is rooted with full write permissions to the file system, won't auto-update and break things, uses a desktop identity for site that use flash to play streaming video (like Hulu), and has some sort of surprises for us. We like surprises.

As mentioned, the process doesn't require any hardware modification. That doesn't mean it's easy, and the instructions look like this is something you'll want to carefully read. You'll be downgrading the software and exploiting it via some image files you burn to four individual USB thumb drives. Once complete, you'll be able to boot your GTV normally and the thumb drives are no longer required. Of course, any warranty is gone the minute you start doing these sorts of shenanigans, so keep that in mind. If you're the curious type, head to the source link and have a look. 

Source: GTV Hacker

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Sony Google TV Root Exploit Allows For Unsigned Kernels, Modified Flash Plugin, And More

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The minds over at GTV Hacker have successfully achieved root on Sony Google TV boxes and TVs running the newest firmware version (Honeycomb 3.2). The exploit also allows for custom kernels to be loaded by hijacking the boot process. These custom kernels can, in turn, bring a number of desirable features to the device.

According to the GTVHacker blog, the following modifications are included in the custom kernel:

  • Modified flash plugin with random per box flash string for Content Provider Bypass.
  • Crippled update feature to prevent box from receiving automatic updates.
  • Completely RW system, cache, and rootfs partitions
  • Full

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Sony Google TV has Finally Been Rooted.

Owners of a Sony Google TV unit, you have root! It has been quite the wait, but with 4 USB sticks and a bit of GTV know-how, you can prepare your device for custom kernels within minutes. Actually, it’s not that simple, but it is also not the most difficult root solution ever created. It [...]

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Rooted: Sony Google TV

If you own a Sony Google TV unit and you’ve been waiting patiently for root access, you may be in luck.  According to our friends at Droid-Life, the rooting process for the Google TV unit takes 4 USB memory sticks and some “GTV know how”, but if you’ve got both of those, you should be in luck.

Kellex over at Droid-Life sums it up best:

“It does involve flashing your system back to a vulnerable software release which then hijacks the upgrade back to a current version to give you a new kernel and root access. That was a mouthful.”

There is a complete walk through for those of you familiar with Google TV (or able to follow instructions), over at Gtvhacker.com.

Here’s what you get for your patience and rooting ability:

  • Modified flash plugin with random per box flash string for Content Provider Bypass.
  • Crippled update feature to prevent box from receiving automatic updates.
  • Completely RW system, cache, and rootfs partitions
  • Full ADB Root
  • Removed signature checks on kernel / init scripts / init binary
  • A few other surprises.
  • BETA: Enable NTFS Support for Sony Google TV devices (see wiki for instructions on how to add: GTVHacker.com: Sony NTFS)

source: GtvHacker via Droid-Life

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Logitech Revue’s Honeycomb update rolling out now

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Both Logitech and Google have come out this morning with statements that the hotly anticipated Google TV update is rolling out to the Revue starting today. 

Revue owners have had to wait what seems like a lifetime since the Sony Google TV devices first started to receive the update. But now, the Android 3.1 update and it's all important Market and app capabilities will be yours over the coming days. 

According to Logitech, new customers should automatically receive the software update immediately upon activation. And still at $99 this could be a great stocking filler this holiday season. 

Source: Logitech; More: Google TV Blog

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Sony Google TV update now arriving, new YouTube app included

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If you have a Sony Internet TV you'll want to be on the look out for system updates as a new one has now started to arrive for some folks. The update indictates that it addresses some issues with router connectivity but it also contains an unmentioned, updated YouTube app with increased functionality. We don't have a full change log as of yet so if you spot anything else, be a good sport and let us know in the comments.

Thanks, Patrick!

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