One of the coolest things about having a connected device is that when new software or improvements to the operating system are available, they come to you. I’ve told you about updates on devices like Sony Dash™ personal Internet viewer, well today I get to tell you about the very first over the air update to Sony Internet TVs and Sony Internet TV Blu-ray® disc players with Google TV onboard.
Google TV update 1.2 began last night and will roll out over the next few days improving the content viewing and navigation experience on your Sony device. Here is what you can expect to see after completing the update:
Movie search will be easier. When you search for a movie a new results page will direct you to the places where you can find and watch what you’re looking for. Whether that film is playing on one of your TV channels, Netflix® or Amazon Video on Demand you’ll be able to scan the page which will include a summary, photos and information on the cast. Movie buffs will especially like an additional feature which, when you click on something like the name of your favorite star, will open a new page with other movies that actor has been in. This is a great way to discover other movies you might like too.
Netflix users will see improvement in the way to search and watch the streaming catalog and make changes to the DVD queue. You’ll also see a new recommendations section where you’ll get a list of other movies you might like to try.
Dual View is one of the coolest things about the Google TV interface. It allows you to use the web while you watch TV. With update 1.2 you’ll be able to change the size and onscreen location of the second window.
Control the TV with a smart phone by using a new app that will turn your phone into a remote. The app is available now in the Android Marketplace and the video below from shows you how it works. For those looking for a larger keyboard, Sony Internet TV now supports the Logitech Keyboard Controller accessory too.
So how do you get the update? First of all, you have to have a Sony Internet TV or Sony Blu-ray disc player. When the option to update appears on your TV, simply select “update”. The update can take up to 30 minutes but then you’ll have the most recent version of GoogleTV. As you know, the beauty of a connected device like the Sony Internet TV is the ability for you to get the latest television without getting a new television. If you have a Sony Internet TV and decide to perform the update let us know about your experience. You can also find out more about the changes from the GoogleTV blog.
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