Yesterday Google announced the launch of 3 Android devices, The Nexus 6 smartphone, the Nexus 9 tablet and the Nexus Player, which is a console that is designed for pure entertainment. The Nexus Player is just a small discreet looking device that can be connected to your TV to act as a streaming player for music, movies, games and more. Here’s what we know about the device.
The Nexus Player
The Nexus Player is a collaborative effort of Google and ASUS and it works by connecting it to your TV via a HDMI cable. Once its hooked up, you can use your home WiFi to stream content such as music, movies, videos and more. The console runs on Google’s latest operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop. the interface is designed to be intuitive, so you can find your favorite or often accessed content right where you want it. The console will also offer personalized recommendations on the Home screen making it easier to access new content.
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The Nexus Player is not just Android compatible, you can also cast all your favorite entertainment apps from a Mac or Windows laptop, Chromebook, or other iOS device to the TV. And if you have more than one Android device, the set top box allows for content syncing, which means you can start a movie in one device and finish viewing it on another.
Nexus Player Tech Specs
- Processor: 1.8GHz Quad Core, Intel Atom processor
- Memory: 1GB RAM; 8GB storage
- WiFi: 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO); Bluetooth 4.1
- Ports: HDMI out (1920×1080 at 60fps); 18W DC power; Micro-USB 2.0
- Dimensions: 120mm x 120mm x 20mm
- Weight: 235g
The Nexus Player comes with a remote for browsing through your content. The remote is also voice activated, which means you can simply press the microphone and say Bridesmaids for the device to run through your media library and pick out the movie for you. As far as gamers go, the Nexus Player is compatible with a dedicated gamepad that is available for purchase separately for $39.
The Nexus Player will be available for pre-order today, October 17th for $99 and will land on stores on November 3rd.