Sony launches new Google TV set-top for global market

After disappointing first-generation product sales of its first Google TV (s GOOG) set-top box, Sony Electronics on Monday announced that it’s still up for round-two of the platform.
In fact, Sony will be the first hardware partner seeking to extend the Google TV brand beyond the U.S., with plans to launch it into Europe and Latin America.
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Retailing for $199, Sony’s Android-based NSZ GS7 internet player will debut in the U.S. July 22, with pre-orders available starting Monday at
It will launch in the United Kingdom later in July, and later on in Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Netherlands, Brazil and Mexico.
The NSZ-GP9 Blu-ray player with Google TV will also be available this fall, debuting first in the U.S.
Sony follows LG as the second hardware partner to commit to a second-generation Google TV product. Logitech, which along with Sony was one of the two initial Google TV consumer electronics brands at launch, abandoned the platform after disappointing sales of its Revue player last year lost it around $100 million. Samsung and Vizio also showed off Google  TV products at CES in January.
Besides software improvements, the new Sony players will come with redesigned remote controls featuring backlit QWERTY keyboards.