Nexus Player retires from the Google Store

Nexus Player retires from the Google Store
Google's first push into the living room was a bit of an embarrassing misstep for the company behind Android, as its Nexus Q ended up vaporizing nearly as soon as it was launched. But Google wasn't about to let an early defeat get it down, and it was quick to follow that up with the extremely successful Chromecast. In the fall of 2014, the company tried the set-top-box angle again, this time introducing the Nexus Player with Android TV. The box offered a slick interface and solid streaming options, while adding a gaming component that went beyond simple Chromecast functionality. Now after a year and a half in the Google Store, it looks like the Nexus Player has hit the end of the line, as Google removes its product listing.

For the moment, that leaves NVIDIA's Shield box as the only Android TV device available from Google. Other hardware like the Mi Box from Xiaomi is on the horizon, and manufacturers are building Android TV into more and more TVs themselves, but the retirement of the Nexus Player removes an important affordable option from the current Android TV lineup.

Just because Google's putting an end to sales of the Nexus Player doesn't mean that support is going away, and not only does the Nexus Player continue to receive the latest Android platform updates, but it even has access to the in-development Android N preview.

That's not a situation we expect to see change overnight, and while the Nexus Player will eventually be left behind the tide of progress, for now it's still young enough that software support can be relied upon.

What's next for Google's Android TV efforts? Will the platform be dominated by third-party hardware for the foreseeable future? If it were a few weeks back, we might expect this move to be a sign that a new Nexus Player was about to launch at Google I/O, but with the conference now behind us, we're uncertain just what the future might hold for Google's set-top-box business.


source: Google via Phandroid

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13 Comments

1. TmoRep

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 20, 2016

Did they ever advertise this? I don't recognize this device at all.

4. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

T-MO really ? Just use Doutche-Telekom instead.

5. TmoRep

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 20, 2016

It was a legitimate question. Thanks for the reply I suppose.

7. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3934; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I don't recognize it either lol, I was under the impression that Nvidia's shield box was the only android TV device.

9. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

The Nexus Player was advertised a lot. Lots of articles on here and android central.

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The device is DOA. Come with a weak processor and 1GB ram. Completely destroy any gaming potential. Even Apple give priority to their TV box CPU and RAM making it run all their game smoothly.

10. Awalker

Posts: 1957; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

They didn't advertise it at all but if you visited any Android website regularly during the past year you would have come across an article about it.

2. TBomb

Posts: 1029; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I love mine... Storage is a little low, but i feel like there's a way that it can be expanded.

3. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1789; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I picked one of these up at target for $19 when they were getting rid of them. I immediately put Kodi on there and I made my dumb tv smart!! The best thing I like about it is talking into the remote and voice searching for things.

12. matistight

Posts: 899; Member since: May 13, 2009

I would have bought all of them at $19 a piece. Damn!

6. elimartinez7

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 16, 2015

the jide remix mini is THE BEST, ive used so many android boxes, remix mini is too good for the price

8. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 575; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

i have one of these, love it. the wifi on it is amazing compared to the other internet streamer i had. " cough roku cough cough" i should get that checked /s

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

With the Apple TV and the Roku, Goofle didn't have a chance with the Nexus Player.

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