Google announces Nexus Player – an Android based media player and game console

Today is a huge day for Google and all fans of the little green robot. As expected, the company announced the latest additions to its device roster, namely the Nexus 6 phablet and Nexus 9 tablet, details about which leaked constantly over the past few days and weeks. What managed to remain under wraps until the very last moment, however, was Google's Android-powered entertainment hub, built in collaboration with Asus. 

Introducing the Nexus Player – a media player and game console in a small package, designed to blend perfectly with your home entertainment system. And when we say small, we mean dimensions of 4.7 inches (12 centimeters) in diameter and height of 0.78 inches (2 centimeters). The gizmo connects to your television over HDMI and lets you enjoy movies and music, as well as games and apps from Google's catalog. In fact, the Nexus Player gives you the option to start a movie or a game on your TV, then finish it on your mobile device. And with the help of Google Cast, you can cast media to Google's Player from an Android or iOS device, as well as from a Chromebook, a Mac, or a PC. 

So how do you control the thing? With a remote, as it turns out. The Google Nexus Player ships with a Bluetooth remote used for navigating through its interface. There's also a built-in microphone allowing you to search for media using your voice. As for the wireless gamepad built for the device, it is an optional accessory.

As we mentioned above, the Google Nexus Player is an Android device. It runs Android TV based on Android 5.0 Lollipop, to be more specific, and it is the first of its kind to be released from Google. Under its hood is tucked a quad-core Intel Atom processor with a 1.8GHz clock speed, along with a PowerVR series 6 GPU, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. It doesn't seem like a cutting-edge configuration, but time will tell whether that's sufficient to run Android TV flawlessly. A Micro USB 2.0 port is also present, along with Wi-Fi connectivity. 

Google has also unveiled some of the media partners ready to meet the need for Nexus Player and Android TV content. On launch, you'll be able to stream media not only from Google's own services – YouTube, Play Music, and Play Movies – but also from Hulu, Netflix, Pandora, Vevo, and iHeartRadio. Popular TV channels available on the device include Bloomberg TV, the Food Network, HGTV, Haystack TV, Travel Channel, PBS Kids, and more.

So, how do you get one? You'll have to be patient as pre-orders begin on October 17. In-store availability is scheduled for November 3. We'll update you as soon as we learn how much the Nexus Player is going to cost.

source: Google



1. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

At least price this well Google :D

8. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

knowing how they've priced the phone and tablet, this will probably cost 300$ with 1 controller.

2. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Better than an S801

3. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

utter crap

4. Exempt1 unregistered

Ooooookay. How is it utter crap? It's a simple media hub to connect everything to your TV and play the few fun mobile games on the big screen. What is crap about that?

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also its not just limited to mobiles You can download apps (such as Limelight) which allow you stream full PC games Or download Sony's PS4 Remote Play of xda

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

If you have a ps4 there is really no need for this, imo that is.

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Wrong, e.g. big bro has PS4 in his room, little bro has this thing in his room Or someone's parent's are divorced your PS4's at dad's place so you buy this thing for your mums place Probably plenty of other reasons as well

5. DJLegacy2k5

Posts: 212; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Nice Xbox Controller though....

6. maherk

Posts: 6881; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Xbmc + this=the ultimate streaming experience.

9. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

1GB of RAM? Are they serious?

11. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

What happened to the Tegra K1 prototypes?

12. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

a controller from asus? Nice.

13. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

The likes of the tronsmart Vega destroys this

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