Apart from the much awaited Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, the Mountain View tech giant has also introduced the Android-based Nexus Player developed in collaboration with Asus. The Nexus Player is a set-top box to stream music, TV shows and movies as well as play Android Games. Nexus Player will be the first device to run Google’s Android TV that was officially unveiled by Google at its I/O conference back in June this year and was set to arrive with Android L. It runs Android TV based on Android 5.0 Lollipop.
The Nexus Player is a small seek-looking device measuring 4.7 inches in diameter and 0.78 inches in height (120mm x 120mm x 20mm). It is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom processor clocked at 1.8GHz and Imagination PowerVR Series 6 graphics 2D/3D Engine. It has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.
The Player connects to the TV through HDMI so you’ll need a TV with HDMI input. Internet connectivity is through WiFi and there is Bluetooth for the remote along with a micro USB 2.0 port. The Nexus Player also has a voice-activated remote for playing casual games and searching for media by using your voice. A Gamepad is available to buy separately for gaming.
Personalized recommendations based on data collected by Google from all its services will appear automatically on the home screen so that you won’t have to search much. Google Cast allows you to cast the media of your choice to the TV from Android or iOS devices, Mac, Windows laptop/PC or Chromebook. You have the option to start a game or a movie on your TV and finish it on your tablet or smartphone because the Nexus Player has the ability to sync content across Android devices.
Apart from its own YouTube, Google Play Music and Google Play Movies & TV, Google’s media partners for the Nexus Player include Netflix, tunein, huluplus, Bloomberg TV,TED, HGTV Watch, musixmatch, Pluto.TV, iHeartRadio, Vevo, Food Network and many more.
According to re/code, the Nexus Player will cost $99 and the Gamepad will cost $39. The device will be available on November 3 but you can pre-order it from October 17 onward from Google Play Store.