Sony has announced its plans to bring its line of integrated Google TV products to Europe this year. Speaking to Pocket-Lint, Sony said it is confident that Google TV will be able to garner enough interest to make it more of a success than it has been in the US.
Sony is especially confident as it's entire range of products integrated with the Google TV platform now have access to the Android Market for specially optimised apps, therefore enabling Sony to deliver a full and more consistent service to its customers. The lack of the Android Market is one of the main reasons cited by Sony for the lack of interest in the US.
Google TV will be integrated into a range of Sony's internet TVs and Blu-ray players, which will all play nice with the remote control we spotted on the Sony stand at CES.
You can tell just by looking at it that this is more than your bog-standard remote. Sony's clever remote couldn't be more different from the traditional everyday clicker, sporting a multitouch trackpad for pinch-to-zoom action, QWERYY keyboard and voice-control functionality to bark orders at your device. Chuck in a three-axis motion sensor and you're looking at something quite special.
According to Sony, the combination of an updated CPU and Google's new Chrome browser means an improved, PC-rivalling, web browsing experience and much better search is also on the cards.
We don't know exactly when Sony is expected to drop its Google TV devices in our neck of the woods, but for now, the fact they're actually coming should keep us quiet… for now.