Nexus Player passes through FCC, but preorders still suspended

Nexus Player passes through FCC, but preorders still suspended
We had known from Google I/O earlier this year that Android TV was on the way to replace Google TV, and reboot Google's attempts at getting Android on your big screen. We were even able to assume that there would be a major gaming component to the platform, because of Google's purchase of Green Throttle. However, it wasn't until the surprise announcement of the Nexus Player last week that we knew there was hardware ready to go.

The Nexus Player was a surprise announcement, but the bigger surprise might have been that the device was up for preorder for less than a day before being pulled, because the device hadn't yet passed through FCC certification. It is illegal for retailers to sell any Wi-Fi enabled device without FCC approval, even if it is a preorder. Luckily, it looks like Google can get back on track, because the FCC posted the Nexus Player approval today. 

As of this writing, Google had not restored preorders for the Nexus Player on the Google Play Store, but we assume that the device should be back on sale by tomorrow at the latest. The Nexus Player will cost $100, and it comes with a remote control. The game controller will cost an extra $40, if you're interested in that. 

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4 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

And what will this do that my Chromecast doesnt already do besides play mobile games?

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

One thing Apple did right with AppleTV was to include Ethernet and not just wifi. Other than lacking Ethernet, the Nexus Player looks like a handy little box for content and lightweight gaming.

3. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

These things are a dying market before they are even created. More and more TVs have smart capabilities. Also, many people will just buy a game console, which you can play real games on and do all the streaming from the console itself. The smart tv is really going to kill these things, and I guess the videogame support is to make more and more people buy them, even though they have a smart tv and don't want to spend the money on a console. Which is 1000x better for gaming anyway. I just don't see these things having a market very longer.

4. KaiTech

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Looks like phone arena was late to the party. The Nexus Player was back on sale today and is sold out yet again. I ordered one myself...

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