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Former Google Employee: Flying Easier Than Using Sony Google TV Remote

"Cessnas have fewer controls"

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It’s no secret that Google TV is having a rougher launch then some might have envisioned. (Some users have even said that it’s the first Google product that needs the "beta" label but doesn’t have it.) Mark Cuban has even blogged about how Google TV could hand Netflix the entire streaming universe.

Have you tried Google TV? If so, what did you think? Let us know.

Just last week it was reported that Hulu, ABC, NBC, and CBS were blocking content from Google TV, which makes absolutely no sense at all in my opinion. Now some users are calling out the peripherals of Google TV devices, more specifically the Sony remote. (If you’re unfamiliar with the remote, you can see an image below.)

Sony's Internet TV with Google TV remote

Just yesterday, former Google employee, suspected pilot, and current BuzzFeed President Jon Steinberg tweeted his frustration over Sony’s new TV remote…

I tried Google TV yesterday. Flying a Cessna is easier and has fewer controls than the Sony remoteless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

Mr. Steinberg isn’t alone with his feelings on the Sony remote; the Boy Genius Report stated the following while doing their hands-on demonstration…

”The size is definitely intriguing as it is way smaller in person than we expected it to be. Also, the feel is right – pretty light without feeling inexpensively cheap. However, the myriad of buttons sort of confuses us, especially when a bunch of them don’t serve a purpose 90% of the time in what we’d imagine would be your daily use.”

Have you used Sony’s Internet TV with Google TV remote? If so, what are your thoughts? Tell us what you think.

With any new product there are bumps in the road; it’s all about how they respond to the criticism and how much they truly care about the UX of their software and devices.

It’s now being rumored that Apple is vying to acquire Sony, the consumer electronics giant. Apple reportedly has $50 billion in cash reserves, while Sony has a market cap of $34 billion. So, financially speaking, Sony is a strong possibility for Apple. It’s unclear at this time what impact this has for Sony’s new Internet TV with Google TV, since Apple already has a digital multimedia receiver with Apple TV. What are your thoughts on this? Should Apple attempt to acquire Sony? Let us know your thoughts.

Former Google Employee: Flying Easier Than Using Sony Google TV Remote


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  • yeomandroid

    Seriously? It’s not that complicated. I’m sure Mr. Steinberg has not figured out how to use his multiple remote controls for his TV, Blu Ray Player and Satellite or Cable Box either. For Christ’s sake my 14 year old kid can figure this out. This is a very flexible device with a lot of options. With choices comes a little more complexity but it really takes little time to learn. So easy even a baboon can figure out (even a 14 year old baboon).

    If you don’t want an option based system then go with Apple, they’ll have everything figured out for you including what you can and cannot watch. Stop your whining like a little sissy and go fly a little Ultralight, it’s less complicated.

    • Jeremy Muncy

      I think people have learned to ignore rogue buttons on remotes… I know there are about 30 buttons on my cable remote that I have no idea what they do. I don’t personally see a problem with the remote. I think it actually looks pretty good.


      Jeremy Muncy
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  • Tony Dixon

    Not to sound like an idiot – but that remote does look a little intimidating. As far as comparing it to an aircraft – I don’t know about that.

    One thing I do know is that Google TV will revolutionize the TV / Internet business.

  • James Andrews

    i may not a pilot-but if flying is as easy as using a remote i’m in the wrong business

  • Guest

    I’ve got no problem with the way the remote works. it’ll be neat to have a keyboard built with it, one less thing to lose.

    • Jeremy Muncy

      I’ve got a media center hooked up to the TV in my living room and use a full size keyboard to navigate around the web… it’s quite annoying having a full size keyboard always laying around (especially when you have an almost 2 year old running around).

      Personally I welcome the smaller built on keyboard, much like yourself.


      Jeremy Muncy
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  • sofakingdabest

    Never buy version 1.0

    • Guest

      agreed way to many bugs

  • http://origamisounds.com/ opanengineer

    i think that its useful or not is depend on person…at least give us information for consideration ^_^

  • http://www.candleslovers.com Pillar scented candles

    Although I never experienced the Google TV but the look of the remote, it might be confusing.
    A better design for the remote would be to have the “QWERTY” keyboard in a second level under the main controls. To access that keyword, the user can just slide it open just like we see in some of the cellphones targeting people who like to do text messaging.

    • Jeremy Muncy

      I was just having a conversation yesterday where this same idea came to me. A slider keyboard would’ve been ingenious for this remote.

      Thanks for commenting.


      Jeremy Muncy
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    • Sedhi Gupitad

      slider good idea would make for sucessful device

  • Guest

    All you apple fanboys need to get off it and realize that apple is a crap company with crap products.

    i dare anyone to disagree with me.

  • http://www.artofwalls.com Juan C Walls

    I think the problem with this remote is that it intimidates the first time user. I’ve never used it or seen it in real, but Looking at the pictures I can perfectly figure the function of every key (well, almost).

    I think the failure and the reason why it intimidates is because you have a lot of keys in front of you including a full typing keyboard that doesn’t differentiates very much from the rest of the keys.

    I believe a much less intimidating and much more ergonomical approach would be a sliding typing keyboard similar to those in some smartphones like Motorola Milestone or Nokia N95. This would divide the size of the remote by two, separate the typing part from the control part and show only the control keys when you don’t need to enter typed data.

    They could even redesign it in a way that you can control it horizontally when the typing keyboard is visible and vertically when it is hidden.

  • Guest

    I hope Apple does buy Sony as I love how Apple makes all products the same and simple. I like uniformity.

    • Guest

      You like to be told what to like and say.

      down with apple

  • Loki

    What is the matter with this guy? A remote is to much for him to handle? May god have mercy on his soul.

    • http://faitshandyman.com Bill

      Amen :0)

  • http://www.armanihair.com Hair Salon St

    Looks awesome, I love it

  • Guest

    I agree with Tony – the remote does look intimidating and quite honestly, a pain to use. I’ve been watching the launch of GoogleTV to see if it’s something worth looking into. Based on what I’ve seen so far, I will stick with my current setup. By hooking up my laptop to my TV and using my GlideTV Navigator remote (which was only $69.99 on Amazon or http://glidetv.com), it’s way less expensive and easy to use. I don’t have to worry about content being blocked and the remote sits in one hand, no keyboard needed. GoogleTV was a good attempt, but I don’t think it’s going to be the big hit everyone was hoping for.

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