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Google TV arriving in UK next month

Google TV is set to hit the UK for the first time next month, thanks to a link-up with Sony that will spread the platform beyond its current confines of the United States.

The NSZ-GS7 powered by Google TV arrives on our shelves in July priced £200, six months after Google showcased the updated service at CES. The partnership will see Sony bring the system to Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Netherlands, Brazil and Mexico after the UK launch.

Google TV will go head-to-head with Apple TV. Apple TV is already available in the UK, but has been criticised by a former company engineer for sporting a design that would have failed to earn the Steve Jobs seal of approval.

The NSZ-GS7 box comes equipped with a dual-sided remote control equipped with a full QWERTY keyboard on one side (above), while compatible smartphones will also be able to control the TV.

Following the NSZ-GS7 into UK stores in October will be Sony's latest Blu-ray player with Google TV, the NSZ-GP9 - costing £280.

Commenting on the release, Sony's European Head of Marketing Gildas Pelliet said, "Entertainment content is available through so many channels and sites, and Google TV helps consumers easily find what they want to watch, listen or play with the freedom of the Internet and using the familiar Chrome browser."

A video demoing Google TV can be viewed below.