It was over the weekend when news of the Sony BRAVIA Smart Stick started to appear, being revealed to the world but not quite having the official mark from Sony stamped over it. Well, all of that has just changed with the official announcement of the Sony BRAVIA Smart Stick, where this particular accessory will come with support for Google Services. In layman’s terms, that would mean playing nice with Android apps as well as the Chrome browser. Needless to say, the Sony BRAVIA Smart Stick will be compatible only with Sony’s BRAVIA TV range.
First appearing over on the FCC as the NSZ-GU1 in an FCC filing in August, there was plenty of speculation that this accessory could end up just like the Chromecast from Google, and the early images do seem to point in such a direction. However, the Sony BRAVIA Smart Stick works differently upon its official unveiling, where it has been constructed to work around the BRAVIA TV family. You plug it into the BRAVIA’s MHL port, where it will then integrate itself seamlessly into the TVs interface, while sporting pre-installed apps such as Netflix, Pandora, and Amazon Instant Video among others. The Sony BRAVIA Smart Stick will carry a $149.99 price tag. [Press Release]