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The Google Nexus Q social streaming player

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Jun 2012 8:14 User comments (4)

The Google Nexus Q social streaming player

During its I/O event this afternoon, Google unveiled its entry in the fight for the living room, showing off its mysterious orb, the Google Nexus Q.
As Google describes it: "Nexus Q streams your favorite entertainment directly from the cloud to your living room. Just use the Google Play and YouTube apps on your Android phone or tablet to surf an ocean of music, TV, movies and music, and Nexus Q will play it all on the biggest speakers and screen in the house. There are no downloads, no syncing, no running out of space. Just the stuff you love -- at home and out loud."

The all black orb has a flat bottom to place it on tables and a middle LED strip that goes on when the Q is being used to stream songs, videos and other content.

In terms of connectivity, there's a Micro-HDMI output, an optical audio port, Ethernet jack, plus a Micro-USB port, a set of banana jack speaker outputs, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC (near-field communication) support. The banana jacks allow for speakers to connect to the built-in 25-watt amp with no separate AV receiver required.

The Q runs on a custom Android 4.0, has 16GB of onboard flash memory and 1GB of RAM. The device supports Google Play Music, Google Play Movies and TV, and YouTube. The device is social as it bridges functionality between all your Android devices and your TV, including friend's Android devices for playlist sharing.

Price will likely be what separates the potential buyers from those that actually do buy, as it comes in a bit expensive at $299. Notably, the device is designed and manufactured in the U.S.A., creating jobs for Americans.

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4 user comments

128.6.2012 00:30


228.6.2012 09:21

This will be a good test of all the people who say they will pay extra for devices assembled in the US.

A lot of the expense is for the internal amplifier. I don't know if that's a big selling point for most people; it's not for me.

328.6.2012 09:54

It's simply ridiculously overpriced. The outrageous price tag ($399) for the "bookshelf speakers" is just as offensive, and also doesn't include the 2 speaker cables ($49). You can buy a decent 200-300 watt 5.1 amp/sub/speaker system that will blows this 25-watt toy right out of the water for less!

Furthermore, does anyone NOT think that letting every one of a group of friends monkey about with the playlist is an excellent way to break up that group..?

I'm also less than thrilled by the dependence on the Play Store. Guess what, Google? I've acquired none of my content via your store!

Vizio's $99 version of this boondoggle suddenly looks far better.

@mscritsm: No, this is a good test of who isn't very wise with their purchases, no matter what country it's made in.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 28 Jun 2012 @ 9:57

428.6.2012 19:24

What pisses me off is that I already listen to google play (music) on my tv b/c my pc is hooked to my tv, but i have to control it with a mouse and keyboard (I actually have a small bluetooth keyboard/mouse combo), but i have to be in front of the tv to scroll through the playlist. It seems to me that it would be easy enough for them to add the control to the app that I already have on my phone and I wouldn't need to spend 299.

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