Sony Internet TV owners, get ready for GoogleTV update 1.2

by Team Sony 12/15/2010

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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  1. Anonymous wrote: December 16, 2010 1:48am

    it’s wonderfull, I like this post, but I still not understand about how use it,. .
    how we can get this App.

    1. Sukhjit wrote: December 16, 2010 10:02am

      Hello! Thanks for the comment and questions. Do you have a Sony Internet TV? If you do then you’ll see an option appear on screen that will ask you if you’d like update 1.2. If you choose to accept the update, you’ll Google TV platform will be updated to the latest version, which is 1.2. Hopefully that answers your question, if not.. please make sure to drop me another note and I’ll do my best to help!

  2. Anonymous wrote: December 16, 2010 1:37pm

    Received the update yesterday and the adjustable dual-view is a big improvement. I also noticed better stability when using multiple tabs so perhaps some processing improvements were baked into the update as well.

    1. Sukhjit wrote: December 16, 2010 4:44pm

      Thanks for leaving a comment and letting us know. I think you were on the early side of the update tide. (I’m still waiting for mine). Glad to hear of the improved performance. One thing I neglected to mention was there were also some bug fixes, so you may be noticing that as well.

      Thanks for being in touch.

  3. Anonymous wrote: December 17, 2010 7:58am

    Hi sukhjit
    When is Sony Internet TV coming to canada?

    1. Sukhjit wrote: December 17, 2010 1:23pm

      Hi there… I wish I had a date for you! Right now, US only… but I’ll certainly report back if there is any news for our neighbors to the north.

  4. Anonymous wrote: December 17, 2010 7:40pm

    Its Friday night and My Google TV Blue Ray player is not updated. When can I expect it will happen by?

  5. Anonymous wrote: December 18, 2010 2:03pm

    Are all of the internet apps listed or can you add more from your tv. For example can we add facebook. I noticed on the vizio the apps are listed as widgets and you decide which ones you want to appear on the tab

  6. Anonymous wrote: December 19, 2010 8:07am

    love it! More apps please!!

  7. Jason Mavandi wrote: December 19, 2010 5:02pm

    I like the updates, read the details on my blog.

  8. Anonymous wrote: December 27, 2010 8:52pm

    The Sony Internet TV is awsome, but the keyboard needs a lighted pad so you can see it in the dark

  9. Anonymous wrote: March 12, 2011 10:40am

    people who bought KDL-46NX800 can update nor remove the preloaded content which is outdated and useless like movie trailers for 3 years old and some videos for 5 years old sony should address that, or else it will lose many loyal customers and bad product support. Me and 15 of my friends all have same issue and we will no more be sony brand loyal

    1. Sukhjit wrote: March 21, 2011 12:31pm

      Thanks for the feedback. Although the preloaded content can’t be removed right now, we made sure your comment was seen by the TV team. Thanks for taking the time to let us know your thoughts on this. Hope the NX800 is otherwise performing well. It’s a beautiful model! Did you get 3D?

  10. Anonymous wrote: March 17, 2011 6:44am

    BIGGEST WASTE OF MONEY I EVER SPENT gives headaches and calibrated it and not it’s not any better picture than regular non-hd tv.

    1. Derek Humfleet wrote: August 4, 2011 10:15pm

      Maybe you should have bought the Blu Ray player and a TV with a higher refresh rate.

  11. IDESTA DICKEY wrote: March 21, 2011 12:56am


    1. Sukhjit wrote: March 21, 2011 12:24pm

      Hello! Thanks for the question! Have you reached out to yet? That is the best place to get the kind of info your are looking for. Congrats on deciding to enable Netflix on your Blu-ray. Its a great service.

    2. Anonymous wrote: July 22, 2011 1:04am

      That’s more than sniesble! That’s a great post!

  12. Anonymous wrote: May 21, 2011 9:47pm

    Is there any way to increase the text size on Sony Google TV? Can you make the words bigger for example on a google search or on any website? Thanks.

    1. Sukhjit wrote: June 15, 2011 10:24am

      Yes, you can zoom in and out to make font size smaller or larger. While holding the “Zoom” button on the back right of the controller (with your right index finger), use your thumb to “scroll” up or down using the optical mouse on the front of the controller. This will have the effect of zooming the current web page in and out.

    2. Paul Smith wrote: January 13, 2014 4:37am

      Is there any way to increase the font size when searching the internet tv (60 inch bravia)on google searches?

  13. Anonymous wrote: June 21, 2011 2:14am

    Google TV? It sounds interesting. I can’t wait to enjoy it.

  14. Anonymous wrote: July 14, 2011 2:24am

    Hello I’ve been interested in this television for a while now but have held back due to customer reviews. I was wondering if there was another major update planned and if so when? I guess while I’m at it, what should customers expect to be updated? No need to get thorough I’m just looking for a general idea on what to expect. I suppose I should also ask if there are newer models out or planned for the near future too. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

    1. Sukhjit wrote: July 18, 2011 1:40pm

      Thanks for the note! The Google TV interface will have an update coming later this summer. We’re expecting to see improvements in search, the ability to better organize favorites and bookmarks on the homepage, dual view/picture in picture, and more. Hope that helps.

  15. Anonymous wrote: July 20, 2011 6:54pm

    Does anyone know how to get the colored buttons on the googletv remote to work with my cable box? Everything else works on this remote but those buttons which means I still need my cable remote for the A,B,C,D options that pop up.

    1. Anonymous wrote: July 29, 2011 9:47am

      You’re supposed to use your blaster blaster. Then go to av receiver. After you go there it asks you to set it up and find your device

  16. Derek Humfleet wrote: August 4, 2011 10:11pm

    Recommended the Sony Internet TV Blu Ray player for my parents a while ago and they really like it. which is great, for them. I, on the other hand, am pretty disappointed with the lack of upgrades they said would be coming out “soon.”

    No market, no integration with other android devices, etc…

    The platform is seriously crippled and could be so much more. Like I said, I am highly disappointed. the keyboard does not even capitalize the first letter of sentences.

    I understand Sony is based in a country in the state of chaos… but wouldn’t these limitations be in Google’s realm?


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